There was no disputing it. Carl was comfortable and he didn’t want to move. It was turning 9:00 am and he wasn’t even thinking about the possibility of getting up. But do you blame him? He had nowhere to go and the sleep he was going in and out of was just too enjoyable to give up.
How often do we wish for an easy alternative when we have been thrown a hard ball in life? I know for myself that when I have a problem that can’t be solved and keeps pestering me, I will tend to start daydreaming about my next vacation.
So why does God allow the hard times to come knocking on our doors of life? And why does He allow them to not just knock on the door but shove through them and take residence?
Consider Peter. After Jesus was resurrected, this man spent the rest of his life telling others about Jesus. He was constantly persecuted and was crucified upside down for his faith. Peter chose a life of hardship over comfort for only one reason. He believed with his entire being that this world was not his home.
With a heavenly perspective, we all can withstand life’s hardballs. I have often heard that if we live our lives with heaven as our destination, we will be able to withstand the earthly storms that blow our way. But if we only look at life through a worldly perspective, we will end up hopeless.
I don’t blame Carl for his choice for comfort. If I was a dog, I would look for the most relaxing spot in the house to lay my head. But we are not dogs. Unlike all other animals, God breathed the breath of life into our nostrils, causing us to be eternal. (Genesis 2:7)
As an eternal being, I am looking forward to my life after this one ends. And I hope to see you there as well.