Imagine today, that I expend what is with certainty finite energy behind curtain A; I never get to even imagine the infinite possibilities behind curtain B. The semblance of my point is this. What if one day I looked up from curtain A, finally ventured over to curtain B, only to find a sign outside which read CLOSED TO NEW BUSINESS?
How would my life be different, forever altered, living never having experienced curtain B? Here are a few of my thoughts on this matter. What would CLOSED TO NEW BUSINESS mean in my life?
- What is the meaning of life without the allure of immortality? The French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre observed, several hours or several years make no difference once you have lost eternity.
- Does not having a relationship with God change the meaning of being saved? Does this mean that the life I am living behind curtain A is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose without God in it?
- How does my death become defined with no God? Will my life become but a spark in the infinite blackness, a spark that appears, flickers, and then dies forever?
- Without the benefit of curtain B, can I ever reach objective standards of right and wrong? And without the barometer of right and wrong can I even begin to explore the tenets of morality. Who becomes the deciding factor?
- Without God, then what happens to my hope? Where do I send out that cry of despair, of repair, of foreboding? Who is there to catch my burdens, to excite my soul in jubilation?
I realize I don't have the answers. What I have is this internal fright and restless stirring that draws me toward that other curtain. Does God expect me to work with steadfast determination to enter his curtain or at least as determined as I work at playing Sudoku, organizing shoes, online banking and folding laundry?
In my mind, it is about free will, something that exists behind both curtain A and curtain B. I believe God is behind that curtain waiting for you and me to excercise our free will toward Him and His offer of salvation in our life. I believe the curtain is not standing flung open simply because we must trust in our heart, sight unseen His promise of everlasting life.
Most importantly, I believe God expects me to yank back that curtain ignoring that sign put up by the devil incarnate and walk in mightily. My words, "My Lord, I am not new business, I am an unfinished work!"
Proverbs 16:9 ESV /
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.