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Bad Idea

My wife and I just got back from a motorcycle ride through the country. We thought this would be a good idea since it was fifty-five degrees and all. 536783_534673413944_1186745564_nThe only problem is that fifty-five degrees is pretty deceptive after many days in the teens. It feels like summer at first, but it doesn’t take too long to realize that it is still way to cold to be doing 55mph down country roads. I kind of liken it to that moment when you are really hungry and you scoop up mounds of food in a buffet line thinking you are going to eat it all. Twenty minutes later, feeling bloated as your body stores up fat you don’t need, it hits you: that was a bad idea. Just like twenty minutes of riding as the icicles begin to form on my thighs, and my fingers become numb…bad idea. I wonder why we find it so hard to learn from history. I wonder why we continue to look for satisfaction in things that are clearly going to leave us cold, bloated, and wishing we had thought things through a bit. This, to me, is a reminder of the promise of this world: temporary with painful consequences at times. Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 3:11, God “has put eternity into man’s heart…” What this means in laymen’s terms is that what is not eternal, will just leave us disappointed. In fact, there is a lot of “pleasure” this world offers us that not only leaves us disappointed afterwards, but in real pain, whether physical or emotional. It looks so good. It looks like exactly what we want. It seems like the only thing that will bring satisfaction. Then, only disappointment, and eventually more want. You can’t fill a desire for eternity with the finite. That’s the message I suppose. So, like I should have thought through my motorcycle ride a bit more, let’s all think through the choices we make every day. Are our choices drawing us closer to the eternal, and truly satisfying, things of God? Or, are our choices bringing in finite, and at times destructive, consequences into our lives?


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