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It was the perfect Autumn morning for a jog.
The air was crisp but not cool enough for a jacket. As my sneaker-clad feet fell into a rhythm hitting the pavement below, my attention was drawn to an enormous crack in the sidewalk. I was praying as I often do while jogging when the Lord brought to my attention that I skip over the same crack each time without giving it a thought.
The crack was most likely from one of the many earthquakes we experience in Southern California. I happen to live along one of the largest and most famous fault lines in the world called the San Andreas Fault. Its notoriety comes partly from the disastrous 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but more importantly, because it runs through some of the most heavily populated and developed parts of the planet, it has the most destructive potential of all fault lines.
Despite this well-known information, the average citizens here in California don’t think about or prepare nearly enough for a major earthquake. We go on living like there is no threat, but scientists have been telling us for years that the “Big One” is coming.
Why do we ignore something so important?
Humans are good at avoiding the imminent. Take death for example. We all know that our days are numbered and yet it’s as if we’ve forgotten that no one gets out of here alive. Could it be there is a reason for this?
The Bible tells us that we were made for eternity.
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Like the crack in the sidewalk, we all have a God-created space in our hearts.
And also like the crack in the sidewalk, people often hop over it without even giving thought to why it is there.
Eternity substantiates immanence beyond that of what scientists say about the San Andreas Fault and yet many continue skipping over the gaping hole in the sidewalk directly in front of them.
The past few weeks in our nation and world have once again pushed the brevity of life to our consciousness. It’s like people have been sleepwalking through life until something jolts them out of complacency. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and the shooting in Las Vegas made many consider the preciousness and vulnerability of life. We have seen more unity, caring for the needs of others, and heroism than in a long time.
God uses what the enemy intended for evil for His good and to point us to His grace and love.
The current events while tragic, have illuminated the eyes of hearts to a greater awareness of our spirituality and purpose.
Shouldn’t we be aware of the needs of others around us without the occurrence of an all-out tragedy?
There are plenty of people in desperate situations on any given day. Someone is fighting cancer, another a divorce, and someone’s addiction has landed them on the street.
Christians, every day is an opportunity to live alert and ready to show God’s love to others who might suddenly become aware of the crack in their sidewalk. Let’s not skip over them as if they aren’t there.
Who can you share the hope of Christ with today?