Each day during Lent, I am updating my blog using the theme of WIGIAT? or Where is God in all this?
Today, I was at a child's birthday party in at a Carousel in Holyoke, Mass. It was a lot of fun, and I think I went around on that historic ride 8 or 9 times....accompanying Charlie of course. This was a little different then the birthday party we went to about a month ago, where the children got to go on a real horse ride...which the parents didn't get to do. (Both parties were wonderful!)
I was thinking about these two parties in regards to God. The Carousel, is like our lives in a world where sin has the last word. It's a ride on fake horses that always take you back to the same place you were before. This is what sin does, it gives us a fake perspective on life, and always leads us back to the same place of disappointment, hate, isolation, and death. The sinful world isn't the real world, just a flawed replica of the world and life God has made us to live in.
The real horse doesn't just take us in circles, instead, it can take you places and show you new things everyday. The real horse also gives you relationship...at least according to all the TV shows and movies, and it's not just a mechanical thing moving, but something the rider needs to respect and care for. The rider and horse work together, and can grow and adapt to the world around them as well. This is the life of grace that God has given us. It is one that shows us so many new perspectives and things to grow in, but it does so by taking us to unknown places. But, when we go to those places, we are never alone, but always in relationships of mutuality, working with other people and adapting through our combined gifts to the challenges we will face. These are relationships given to us, in this real world, that are wrapped and sustained in the grace of God, so that we can experience life as the One who has created life intended.