In days 1-4, I shared snippets of my journey towards a greater reality. Often, we are given partial truths. Jesus acts as some sort of “get out of jail free” card and we can’t wait to leave this world behind. We watch the news with disdain, complain about the grotesque previews shown at the movie theater and roll our eyes at the latest trends. We can’t wait to get out of here.
The world is full of brokenness. Rape, tsunamis and starvation are very, very real. Broken relationships, greedy fingers and cutting words are part of the everyday. Infants pass, disease eats at our bodies and souls are reduced to their capability in bed. The world is full of brokenness. There are no buts. However, there is an AND YET.
Not many of us (or at least, I wasn’t) were taught that Jesus is coming back to restore creation. I was told He was coming back to destroy creation. The partial truth is that this world is broken. The full truth (or, as I like to call it, the “brighter truth”) is that this world is broken AND YET, we are partners with Christ. We are partners in restoring this world to what was (Eden) and what will be (peace, love, joy) until He returns and we truly live happily every after.
Fairy tales and happy endings appeal to us for a reason. Because we were made for them.
Happily ever after is no cliche.
We were made for Eden. This is why the smell of a newborn’s head, purple sunsets and good food appeal to us. Why something inside of us longs for justice, equality and peace. Because we were made for them.
As we wait for our happy ending, we get to partake in the healing process. Creation is broken but it is not hopeless. It is our joyous duty to carry out Adam and Eve’s creation mandate. To steward, build, and create.
Is it pretty? No. Is it beautiful? Yes.