Millions of people head to the great outdoors to get as
Elmer Fudd put it "west and welaxation." Yet coming home from
the wilderness back to the daily grind, they find themselves disappointed
and unfulfilled. What is it that draws us to nature and the unspoiled
wilderness, that makes us want to leave the comforts of home to sleep
under a sheet of plastic or a tiny trailer?
I believe it's a built-in desire to see God's Creation.
In the city we're surrounded with the works of man: Creation has been
chopped down, dammed up, filled in and paved over. Whatever sky and
stars are left are blotted out with smog and artificial light. Yet
when we venture into the wilderness, we see the works of God and realize
the incredible creativity, beauty and design of nature. The works of God
are far superior to the works of man, as evidenced by organ transplants.
Man could never design something as beautiful or complex as an alpine
meadow or desert vista. Obviously someone designed and put these things
here, as nothing but chaos ever happens by itself (just ask any project
But as Creation testifies to us the existence of God, it
doesn't tell us of His love. Indeed, sometimes you may think Creation is
trying to kill you, such as during blizzards or mosquito attacks. But the
God who was powerful enough to create the universe made sure that a
testimony of His love for us would be recorded and preserved.
So what is God's love for us? Why do we seek Him? God
obviously wants us to seek Him, as we are designed with a God-shaped
"hole" inside that can only be filled and satisfied by Him. Now
many people may try to stuff all kinds of things into that hole trying to
fill the emptiness. They may try money or power or sex or drugs or their
family or any other diversion, some good and some bad, that never
satisfies the emptiness. What keeps us and God separated, that we cannot
have a relationship?
What separates us from God is sin, which is
"missing the mark." God is a holy God and can't stand sin. What
kind of a God would He be if He put up with it in His Kingdom? But we
can't help from sinning: it's in our very heart and nature. God says that
the penalty of sin is death: whoever sins (even once) is a sinner and
death is the sentence given.
But just as God is a holy and righteous God, He is also
a compassionate and loving God. Not wanting to be separated from us, He
stepped in and paid the penalty imposed, death. Now if God had paid money,
what would that have proved? God owns everything on earth and trillions of
other planets as well. If God the Father had come and died, that still
wasn't a total sacrifice. No, instead God sent the One most precious to
Him, His own beloved Son, to die for a people who for the most part, hate
and shun Him. God sent His Son Jesus to be born into a primitive human
civilization to walk and eat and live with us, to experience firsthand the
sufferings and temptations that we face. Jesus willingly gave up His life
for us and took our sin upon Himself, so that by believing in Him we can
have that fellowship with God that God desires and designed us for.
This is the "true rest" that satisfies beyond
the weekend, that gives hope when things seem hopeless. My prayer for you
is that you come into this rest and see that "the Lord, He is
"God loved the people of this world so much that He
gave His only Son, so that everyone who has faith in Him will have eternal
life and not really die"- John 3:16