Today here in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day. This is a time we set aside to remember those in our armed services who lost their lives. Some of these people volunteered and some were drafted. But the final result was the same–they died defending our country.
I am aware that in the times we live, there are differing views on this. Today there will be solemn memorials and picnics. Some will remember those who died and others will simply use it as a day off. War has always caused a multitude of disagreements and questions. I think the bottom line question when it comes to war is “why?”
As I see it, this is but one “why” which fills this world.
Why do the nations in this world not get along?
How can some of the most disliked persons seem to be so successful?
Why do so many children die such tragic deaths?
Why are so many people dissatisfied with their lives no matter what they accomplish?
As I look at all the whys and there are plenty more, I am reminded of a passage from 1 Corinthians: Now we see indirectly using a mirror, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I was fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12. EHV) When Paul wrote these verses, mirrors were simply polished pieces of metal which provided a poor reflection. What a person saw was a very blurry picture of what was presented.
And so Paul writes that now, during my life here on earth, what I see, what I hear, and what I understand will be incomplete. Because I am sinful, I cannot see or understand the whole picture of what is happening. Like the photo above, the reflections in the water do not have the details of the actual trees. The reflection may look beautiful, but it is not accurate.
And so I look forward to the “then” Paul mentions–when I will be in heaven. It is then I will have the wisdom the human race lost through the fall into sin. Will I have all the answers to the why questions? I am not sure. But I will be able to see how God worked his plan in my life.
The most important part of that plan I can already see clearly. I am sinful, I cannot save myself, so God sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross and pay for all my sins. That plan is finished already. Now through faith there is no “why” about that part of my life.
There still are all those questions I asked before and many, many more. What do I do with them? I think the best thing I can do is turn them over to God. Sure, I can try to answer the questions. However, I need to accept that even though mirrors have come a long way, and with all the sharply defined pictures computers can provide my sinful, human understanding is still limited. The truth is, the answers of my whys are in God’s hands.
And what better place to be? He gave up his Son for me. Surely his answers to all my questions can be only good. I can’t wait to get to heaven to find out all the answers. But then when I am there with Jesus, will I really need any more answers?
Today is Memorial Day. There are many views about why we celebrate this day. That is ok. In fact, the people who died in defense of our country assured those views can be freely expressed. But I hope dissenting views can be put aside for even a moment to remember the sacrifice that was performed.
I am grateful for those who gave up their lives for our country.
Thank you for reading this. I hope you come back again. I will wait you.
And of course, one song, sung well and the words speak for themselves.