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This Is Just The
By Steve Higginbotham
October 17, 2004
The story is told of a farmer who
called into a radio station during a contest, and being the fifth
caller, he was given an all expense trip paid to New York City.
The farmer was absolutely overwhelmed by his trip and the new
experiences. A stretch limo picked him up and took him to the
airport; his first flight; his first glimpse of New York City,
As the bell hop carried this
farmer's luggage into the five star hotel, they opened the door
and entered a room. The bell hop noticed a look of disappointment
on the farmer's face and asked, "Sir, is something wrong? You
don't look like you're satisfied." The farmer said, "I shouldn't
complain because I haven't paid for any of this, but I am a little
disappointed that my room is so small and that I have to share it
with two other people (there were two other people in the room
also). The bell hop looked at the farmer with a puzzled look and
said, "Sir, your room is 60 floors up. This is just the elevator
to take us there."
Well now, before we chuckle at this
farmer, we may find that we are making the same mistake that he
made. Sometimes people will question whether or not God really
loves them. They wonder why pain, suffering, and sorrow are a
part of their lives if God loves them.
The answer is simple. We, like the
farmer, have confused our journey with our destination. Friends,
God never promised Heaven on Earth, but he did promise Heaven
after Earth to all who are faithful.
Next time you're tempted, due to
less than ideal circumstances, to question whether God loves you,
remember that this life is the journey and not the destination.
Copyright © 2004, South Green Street Church of Christ,
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