Most of us have had those days or moments when we see what some call the “circle of life” and wondered what it all means – what’s the reason for all the ups and downs and then growing old and dying.
I heard a young woman on the radio the other day explain that her questions pertaining to the purpose of life were how she was drawn to using drugs. She saw babies born, parents raise them, then grow old and die, leaving everyone behind. As a teenager, she couldn’t figure out the purpose of it all.
She then found someone who introduced her to a way to forget all her questions, her worries and struggles. After years of drugs and sorrow, the lady finally found the true Way to happiness and now travels around the country, trying to shed some light on young people’s ponderings and help them avoid the miseries she went through.
I thought of the woman’s testimony when I heard Toby Emerson’s song at our church Sunday night. Many times he has sung Brooks and Dunn’s song “Believe,” about the young boy who spent time sitting in the front porch swing with old Mr. Wrigley, who gave pointers on the purpose of life.
Years earlier, Mr. Wrigley had lost his wife and baby but still carried on with everyday life, and the young boy couldn’t understand how he kept from going crazy. The old man smiled and said, “I raise my hands, bow my head, I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red. They tell me that there’s more to life than just what I can see, and I believe.”
Then Mr. Wrigley continued, “I can’t quote the book, the chapter or the verse, but you can’t tell me it all ends in a slow ride in a hearse…no, this can’t be all there is.”
If we’re honest, all of us have wrestled with similar questions. We see so much pain and so many struggles, we rest on the mountaintop and then go through valleys - and wonder, like the wise man Solomon, if there’s a purpose for all of this.
But, if we’ve had parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, or someone in our life like Mr. Wrigley, who guided us in the ways of God, we do find truth and comfort in those “words written in red.” We can know there is something better after that ride in the hearse – we will be rewarded for our faith in the Son who gave His life to pay our sin debt and give us eternal life.
…So today I can rest in the promise that Jesus made when he said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
Yes, we will have ups and downs, our bodies will grow weak and eventually not be fit for our spirits to live in. Then the Lord will take us to the other side, and we can trust it will be much better than this and will be eternal.
There is a purpose, and like Mr. Wrigley, I believe!
Lora Ann Huff is a Wenasoga resident and special columnist for the Daily Corinthian. Her column appears Friday. She may be reached at 1774 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.