What is right with the world has nothing to do with future changes, but is rooted in original realities."
--G.K. Chesterton, What is Right with the World
The news is depressing. Strangely, I almost wish it was already January 1st. I just want to know what is going to happen with the fiscal cliff. And what will happen in the next decade with foreign issues like terrorism and domestic issues like healthcare. Worry, worry, worry. I need to stop reading the news so much. I do not need up-to-the-minute coverage.
I already know what is ultimately going to happen. The Lord will come in the clouds and every knee shall bow and we will all go to live with him in glory. Before that, we will live on earth and deal with the good and evil under the sun and be delivered in or through trouble. "In this world you will have tribulation, but be not dismayed. I have overcome the world." We will draw closer to him or we will rebel. He will sustain us through pain and sorrow or we will forget him and lose that earnest of our inheritance. Yet when we die we will be with him. Who or what can separate us from Christ Jesus? No one and no thing. Not even our very own selves. Let me not forget this. But if I do forget-- I am a sinner, Lord help my unbelief! I will still ultimately be united with my Savior.
Do I really need detailed information on what will happen in the coming months?
Chesterton, again: "We are to regard existence as a raid or great adventure; it is to be judged, therefore, not by what calamities it encounters, but by what flag it follows and what high town it assaults. The most dangerous thing in the world is to be alive; one is always in danger of one's life. But anyone who shrinks from this is a traitor to the great scheme and experiment of being."
What high town am I assaulting with my existence if I whine and fret?
I must fly in the face of gloom. I am off to make beds and do dishes and wash clothes and generally redeem household things and comfort family and friends. Open siege on disorder! Let me know when my strength is required for greater things; right now I am building my house.