There is a uneasy sense of perfection in child’s shows. Everyone cooperates in harmony, save the antagonist of course. In every episode, a minor conflict arises, the climax arches slightly, and all is resolved. In the end, no further consequences remain, and all goes back to what it once was.
But this is not reality. Brokenness is a curse that darkens every aspect of our once beautiful world. Everywhere you turn is poverty, death, disease, and godlessness. There is something inherently wrong and unsettling in such shows. They seek to set all right without the need for a great Restorer, leaving a hollow space even amongst the so-called perfection.
I believe this is what the world greatly desires. It desires to create peace from the havoc with its own hands. It desires to make straight what it made crooked. It desires to take the world back to its beginning. But without the antidote, there can be no cure. The world merely further corrupts what is already broken. There is no true hope in the world’s schemes. There exists only shadows.
But buried within each one of us is the desire for restoration and a good ending. We desire for the “good” guys to win and the “bad” guys to lose, ending in peaceful tranquility. In order for this to happen, we must have a drastic change in the plotline. A hero must enter, but not just any hero. A hero who knows our weaknesses and takes those on upon himself, taking our place and conquering the shadows once and for all.
This is what the world misses. They attempt to achieve peace without the restoration. They try to shed their own sort of light into the shadows, but the darkness remains without the one true source of light.
Do not cling to the broken reality that you can make all right on your own. Rely on Christ day by day and from moment to moment, knowing that he alone carries you. Rely on his strength, knowing that God has said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Give Christ the glory he deserves for your changed life. Do not live in such a way that exalts yourself as if you somehow turned your life around and got it right. Live in a way that points vertically toward your Savior who made a way for you to be made right with God.
As you seek to live your life for Christ, never stop longing for Heaven. Remember that the earth is merely a path that leads toward your destination. There will be no lasting tranquility void of brokenness until that glorious day comes when Jesus will set all right.
Until then, rely on your Savior, live your life for God’s glory, and long for your ultimate peace. Although we will have rest in the present because we are now made right with God, we still long for the peace that is yet to come and will remain for an eternity.