An Optical Illusion
As I grow older in years, I am aware that my life here on earth is drawing to a close. I pursued a bevy of mirages ( optical illusion), things that appeared real but were not in fact so. I remember watching movies as a child, one in particular where people were lost in the desert without water. They longed for shade, their thirst to be quenched, and a place to lay their head. As the heat was beating down in their aimless pursuit, their mind again displayed what they wanted to manifest. They changed their course but again were left in another dry and thirsty place; eventually leading to death.
This example is like many of the parables that Jesus spoke of. The scene in the desert and our pursuits in life can be very similar without God. Many are chasing the “All American Dream” of promising futures. We watch movies about love and develop a mirage of what we think our marriage should be. Yet, often times we discover selfishness, brokenness, suffering, and even divorce. We graduate from college to enter into a career where we see greed, selfish ambition, maybe even deceit and wonder what am I fighting for?
We may have even gotten really close to the “American Dream” only to have our entire life savings swindle away by corruption, or Cyberwar leaving us dry and leading to death, a spiritual death and yes, eventually a physical death too.
Depressing, I know! However, there is great hope to be discovered and that hope is only found in Jesus. What are you truly longing for? Peace? Joy? Love? Care? Do you know you can have all of those eternal gifts for free when you surrender and start fully pursuing a authentic relationship with Jesus. Everything begins and ends with God. He is the Alpha and the Omega. It’s out of this relationship that flows these priceless gifts. It’s the fountain that never runs dry. He is the river of life who restores our souls. He is the oasis in our desert.
Do you know you have a choice? Life or death. We can get off the treadmill of performance. His table is set before us with all we need and desire. Are you tired? Is your soul weary? Are you in a dry place? The mirage isn’t reality, Jesus is! He’s waiting on you! He’s waiting to satisfy your deepest needs, dreams, purpose but ultimately the choice is yours.
He loves you so much. Isn’t it time to let Him take it from here?