I once found a wise man who claimed he knew it all
Walking on rose pedals whose name was Maharishi Obdoll.
I said, “I am a seeker, can you help me find my way —
I’m so lost and empty, but I don’t know how to pray?”
He said, “I am just like Jesus and I walk on water too,
Just empty yourself of everything and karma will work for you.”
I sat among the thousands while he spoke of transcendental meditation.
Becoming a god — freed of time and space and finding a deeper, endless revelation.
Hours turned to days as he rambled on about yoga and chanting too,
But I never heard a word that I felt would make me brand new.
Desperate – I stopped at a little country church with a cross and steeple,
They were singing amazing grace and there were smiles on all the people.
The preacher talked about love, grace, and forgiveness too,
That God’s dear Son Jesus could change a sinner’s life and make him brand new.
Right then and there I found the peace I had searched so long to find,
Thanks to that little country church I can see and am no longer blind.
You see my friend it matters not how big the church or the size of the steeple;
all it takes is His amazing grace and loving smiles on all the people.[/pullquote4]
The lark looked in at the canary and asked, “What is your Purpose?”
“My purpose is to eat seed,” said the canary.
The lark pressed, “What for?”
The canary chimed, “So I can be strong.”
Again the lark demanded, “What for?” ”
So I can sing,” answered the canary.
“What for?” continued the lark.
The canary explained, “Because when I sing I get more seed.”
“So you eat in order to be strong so you can sing so you can get more seed so you can eat?” asked the lark.
“Yes” came the reply.
“There is more to you than that,” the lark offered. “If you’ll follow me, I’ll help you find it, but you must leave your cage.”It’s tough to find meaning in a caged world. [Max Lucado, In the Grip of Grace]Like the canary in his cage, a hamster on his treadmill or a person without God, life can be meaningless and joy and happiness are as difficult to grasp as the wind. We are all looking for the same things in life – purpose and fulfillment! David must have had questions about life when he wrote in Psalms 8:3, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him?” The psalmist is pondering why the infinite God, who has unseen universes to tend to, cared so much about man. Why should He honor man by making him a sovereign of the earth?
Only when we realize the price Christ paid on the cross can we begin to comprehend the value of a soul. Our purpose and destiny on earth cannot be found at the base of a shrine, in a New Age movement or in lifeless rites, rituals or dogma, but rather buried in the heaven’s bloody treasure chest called “Amazing Grace.” (Jer 29:11). God’s grace and the fact that He cares for us are the treasures of heaven that bring comfort, peace and rest to those who need it.
Hope begins in the dark and remains entrenched in our hearts until the break of dawn.
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