I begin my entry with a quote from Stesha Richter:
“I just wish everything could be simple.”
Well, Stesha, it turns out that we’re all called to live that simple life. In the beginning of time, before the fall of man, everything was simple. The picture is so beautifully painted of a tree in the midst of a garden, as a perfectly clear river passes by it. (Genesis 2:8-14) How simple can it get? Bring in the chaos when Eve first bites that apple. Since then, things have been far from simple. Yet at the very end of the Bible, the simplicity is revived as the Kingdom of Heaven reigns victoriously. Again we see this fruitful tree and the river as bright as crystal. (Revelation 22:1) Again, simplicity is evident. The whole story of the Bible is the redemption of Gods perfect world…it began simple, and it will end simple. Revelation 22:13 says “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” ….cut and dried, there it is. How much more simple can that get?
The world started out simple, and will end simple…but lets face it, here in the middle of “First” and “Last,” life isnt oh-so-simple. And actually, its anything but! We’re stuck in the complications of mankind. We’re stuck in the messy drama that sin has created. We’re stuck somewhere in between perfect creation and perfect redemption. But God didn’t leave us to swim through this messy middle alone. The “messy middle” was the very reason He sent His Son, and Christ lived the simple life! He’s calling us to be like Him. In fact, the very call that Christ gave to His disciples (and to us) clearly stated the importance of our simplicity. Check out Matthew 10:9-10 (MSG): “Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.” Can’t get much simpler than that. In the midst of all this chaos, if we listen carefully, we will hear that sweet, simple song quietly playing. Its that simple song that Christ calls us to tune our lives to.
All this talk about simple, but what IS simple?? Simple doesnt mean easy…because the call of Christ is anything but easy. In fact, the call of Christ is down right dangerous. So i decided to rely on the trusty old dictionary to define this little word, that seems to be the very call of our existence. According to dictionary.com, “simple” means “Having or composed of only one thing, element, or part.” Wow. I’m not sure if you’re thinking what I’m thinking…but most likely you are. The simplicity of life must be the very Creator and Sustainer of life…God! In the midst of chaotic obligations, confusing situations, and crammed schedules, let us stop and listen for that faint beckoning to the simple life. Not to drop everything and do nothing, but to cling to the definition of the word simple…lets have only one thing, lets be composed of only one element…lets cling to God to carry us through this “messy middle.” May we live the simplicity…throughout the craziness our lives will bring us, may we walk through this life relying on One.
Easy? No. But I think I’m gonna jump in the boat with Stesha and work at living the simple life.