Oh wondrous news, great rejoicing Radio 4 Extra is repeating a wonderful series that I first listened to years ago, and it still makes me laugh all these years later “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy”. For those of you who are scratching your head and thinking, “what on earth is he on about?” let me tell you a little about it. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy is an electronic book published by Megadodo Publications coming out of the great publishing houses of Ursa Minor Beta. What makes the Hitchhikers Guide so popular is the comforting words on the cover “Don’t Panic”.
Of course (for those worried that I have finally flipped my lid), it is a work of fiction written by Douglas Adams. Whilst I do not agree with a lot of what Adams has written, it doesn’t stop it from being a brilliantly inventive comedy with some really well written characters.
One of the characters that I have a soft spot for is Marvin the paranoid android. Marvin, as he likes to remind everybody, has a brain the size of a planet and, when he is set a menial task, complains about it and usually rounds off his moan with the phrase “life, don’t talk to me about life”.
Well I have been reflecting on life so, I am going to talk to you about life. Jesus once said to His followers;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
(John 10 vs. 10)
Life, for many people, is about existence. Get up, go to work, get home, eat, sleep, repeat. Many find themselves wondering if life really has any meaning or purpose at all. As one commentator said “you live and learn then you die and forget it all”.
But, I think to hold that view ignores part of what makes us human, you see we were created with a desire to know our creator. Augustine of Hippo (no that isn’t a joke – it is his name) said; Our hearts are restless until they can find rest in you.
I believe that the Bible teaches that God created us because He loves to create, to love and to bless and that life in all its fullness is to live in the light of that love and blessing.
Of course the world isn’t perfect and life isn’t always perfect. So, how can we live life in all its fullness this side of perfection?
To help me understand this I looked at my garden. I am a hopeless gardener but, every couple of weeks a gardener comes in and does battle with the weeds, the lawn, and tidies up. What is amazing is that the work is never ending, weeding, mowing the grass and so on. She does this not because she has nothing better to do but, because if we are to enjoy the garden she needs to remove all of the obstacles that stops the garden from flourishing.
Day by day, God wants to work in our hearts and remove all of the obstacles, weeds and rubbish that have built up and as He does that, life in all its fullness will begin to flourish in you.
Gracious God, keep me close to you today and enable me to walk in your presence.
Lord, may I be close enough to you to feel the beat of your heart and may my eyes see the wonders of your grace.