“What is the world made of?” I am not sure who asked the question, but I can absolutely picture the thoughtful look on my granddaughter Eliana’s face as her answer floated through the air: one . . . ingredient . . . at a time,“Love… Electricity… Maybe some magic too.”
Some people might say that Ellie’s five-year-old view of the world is sweet but naïve–given the ugliness of daily world events. However, Ellie is most certainly aware of sin in the world–she has three older brothers to contend with each day and, just this week, was quite relieved to hear that her mommy was not going to be taken to fight in Ukraine. (Not that she does not care about the people in Ukraine (she does) but, for right now, Ellie knows she still needs her mommy to take care of her.)
Actually, Ellie’s answer is full of wisdom and closer to the truth about the world and how it is made than many may think. With regard to love, Scripture tells us:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son . . .” (John 3:16)
Electricity?“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” (I John 1:5)
And magic? Look around, beyond the ugliness sinful man creates, to the backdrop that enfolds us:
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
What I like about Ellie’s response is that it is so full of HOPE! I confess that there are times when I give way to despair when I hear about the rotten things people do. Were it not for the love . . electricity. . . and magical reality of God’s Sovereign Goodness, this world would be a much darker place.
This morning I was thinking about Easter approaching and playing around with Ellie’s list of ingredients in my head. I thought about God’s mysterious will being worked out through the sacrifice of His only Son; how love came down to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) I thought about Ellie’s formula, interjecting mystery alongside of the magic, and realized that Christ’s coming as the fulfillment of His Father’s will, was the ultimate magical mystery tour of all time! It was then that I was struck by how love, electricity and the magical mysterious will of God have continued to dramatically move in the hearts of men, women and children throughout history. My mind started to race as I thought about Hebrews 12:1-3–where the Cross of Christ stands as the dramatic fulfillment of God’s promise of salvation for all who would trust in His Son.“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
“Love . . . electricity . . . maybe some magic too”? Yep, Ellie Honey, throw some mystery into the equation and that about sums it up! Happy Easter!
All to His Glory!