Matt and I went for a swim yesterday, well... sort of. As we looked at this ancient pool, tucked in a corner of one of the many old, majestic palaces here in Portugal, we couldn't help but be reminded that all the strivings and vanities of man come to ruin.
The message of God's word is so opposite of our worldly desires. Beautiful Jesus is a picture of this; he shows us that weakness is strength, where sin is, there grace abounds, that giving is receiving and the big one, that death is life. Death is no longer the end; it's the beginning, a culmination, an "in your face," if you will, to what we hold in high esteem. Our stuff, our time, our very lives are all going to pass, but there is redemption, re-creation, and fulness of life that you can't get anywhere but in the will of our Father.
Lord, may our lives be about your Kingdom, about the everlasting. Let us not build pools for our vanity, but help us dig wells that quench thirst.