In our day of “safe spaces,” “panic rooms,” and survivalist bunkers, this is just a friendly reminder there is only one true place you will find security:
As long as there is life, there is uncertainty. There are going to be a whole lot of unknowns. Life is not going to be secure and “safe”. Not every “I” is going to be dotted; not every “T” is going to be crossed. Your rubber duckies will not all line up in a row. Your life will get unbalanced. Not only that, your “secure” marriage could end in divorce or your partner’s death. Your investments and pensions could tank and kill your retirement plans; putting you back in the work force. Your church and pastor may let you down-especially should your religious beliefs fall short. Your gated community may end up costing too much to afford.
Sucks, doesn’t it?
As my photo reminds us, the grave is the only “secure” and “safe” place on Earth. It’s in the grave where you won’t be disturbed. You’ll know what comes each day-you’re dead, of course. No financial worries. No worries about crime. No marital woes. No worries about job, church, etc. You’ll have total security.
Now that really sucks, don’t it?
The only other option is to live with the freedom of not having to be “secure.” To embrace uncertainty and the unknown; living one day at a time. To realize that “security” is like the campfires the primitives kept stoked at night to protect them from the wild outside the camp. It is far better to let go of the familiar, the routine, the safe and tread on unknown ground. Yes, it is scary-God knows it is. However, it’s sometimes those scary journeys that lead us to great destinations. And it’s those great destinations in life that will help us live the life we were created (by God) to live.
One day we’ll all end up in a place like the one in the above photo. It would be a shame when we get to our last hour, we lament that we lived too “secure” and never embraced life. It would be much better to get to our last our and know we lived freely and embraced the unknown; that’s how I’d like to bow out.
Tonight’s post is just a friendly reminder to think on. Peace!
(Photo: Mt. Bethel Church Cemetery. Port Murray, NJ. 2015)