All through the years of recorded history, human beings have been trying to work out the answer to that most perplexing of questions "What is the meaning of life?” Depending on who you ask or what book you consult the answer can range from "a journey through this vale of sorrows" to "42"!
Wouldn’t it be great if life was as easily explained as that great philosopher of the comic strips, Charlie Brown of the Peanuts, once deduced that it was.
Lucy is saying to him, "Life is a mystery Charlie Brown -- do you know the answer?" Charlie Brown answered, "Be kind. Don't smoke. Be prompt. Smile a lot. Eat sensibly. Avoid cavities and mark your ballot paper carefully. Avoid too much sun. Send overseas packages early. Love all creatures above and below. Insure your belongings and try to keep the ball on target ...." Before he can get out another platitude, Lucy interrupts: "Hold still," she says, "because I am going to hit you on the nose!"
Over the past few weeks our search for explanations in times of difficulty has taken on a new perspective (if not a considerable jolt). Among other things, events remind us that in this age of advanced Technology the world can be a very small place when events across the globe have an immediate - and very personal – impact on our life in the UK.
It may not be an exact definition of the meaning of life but in our search for meaning or relevance in today's world, I have often found these verses to be a comfort and a help:
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3: 17b - 19)
These verses remind us that God is bigger and more powerful than we so often give him credit for. True, there are times when we struggle to understand and times when we won’t understand - but through it all we can know and experience the love of God which surpasses all knowledge. It simply means trusting in Him.