All Sunshine Makes a Desert

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have everything go right in life?

Don’t say no, dreaming that our setbacks never happened is natural.

Think about it from a Biblical perspective.

Which Old or New Testament character can you name whose life on earth was void of sorrow?

I can only identify one, from Luke 16:19-31…(by the way, Jesus never said this was a parable, as He often did when telling one…and in no parable was a character ever named…as is Lazarus…a man Jesus knew well.)

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

My point today is not doctrinal, though there’s much here to dissect.

Here’s the bottom line.

Your heartache, my heartache, is a far greater blessing than we can comprehend in our earthly minds.

Just as the rich man lived life with good things “every day” and then paid a price for it after death, our lives, minus blessings “every day” appear to connect us to a reward.

Mother Teresa said this about suffering: “It is an opportunity to share in the passion of Christ.”

So, next time you wish for everything in life to be perfect, remember one of my Dad’s favorite sayings about sunshine…too much of it makes a desert.

Here’s a cool video of an interview by William F. Buckley Jr. with Mother Teresa.

P.S. Don’t forget to thank God for that which you naturally may wish to curse.

Buckley and Teresa






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