Then Everyone Arrived. . .

Someone tried organizing what sounds to me like a modern Woodstock on an island in the Bahamas. It was a total disaster, with preparations far, far inadequate. I love the explanation one of the leaders gave: “We thought we were ready, but then everyone arrived.”

Ay, and there’s the trouble with the world. I suspect that, way back in Garden of Eden times, there were a few angels watching Adam and Eve, muttering the same words.

What a strange irony it is that we, created in the very image of God, end up being alienated from our Creator, from one another, and even from ourselves. We have met the enemy and it is us! From the very first temptation to “be like God, knowing good and evil,” we have tried to be what we are not created to be. We are to have been reflections of the character of God, not trying to be his replacements. We are to live in continual surrender to our Lord, not supplanting him but complementing him in perfect harmony.

The Bible makes it clear that we are aimed toward rebellion against our Maker but, to my great disappointment, never really explains why. And after a long lifetime of watching myself and my own wavering between good and evil, I still cannot explain it for myself.

So, we may as well just get on with the living and occasionally get a laugh out of the oddity of “We thought we were ready, but then everyone arrived.”


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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