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Soemthing's Not Quite Rgiht
Life is mixed up. We have lost what God intended for us, and we have acquired pain and sorrow. We were created for something much greater, and we know it.

Some time ago, someone sent me one of those much-forwarded e-mails. I don't like receiving them and am quick to hit the delete button. But this one had an intriguing title, so I read on.

… we know that something's wrong, but we compensate and make it work.

Every word in the message was spelled incorrectly. After reading the entire paragraph, which I understood without a problem, the message pointed out that in every word only the first and last letters were in the correct place, but because our minds have been trained, we automatically supply the corrcet meaning — as you probably did just now with the word, "correct." We recognize that the words are not as they should be, and we know that something's wrong, but we compensate and make it work.

We do this every day. We know things are out of balance, off-kilter, damaged and twisted. We also know what should be taking place, instead, having the intrinsic and instinctive knowledge of what the word `utopia' means.

Have you ever wondered how this is possible? For as long as I've been alive, utopia has been a myth. Neither did it exist in my father's lifetime, nor in his father's before him. So how do we know what it should be like?

The answer lies in the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis. The first few verses of chapter one outline God's pattern for creation. Then there's a small verse at the end — "God saw all that He had made, and it was very good … "

All that He had made, which was very good, God gave to Adam and Eve — the only humans who really knew what the word utopia meant. After all, they were living in it, for God "created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).

Unfortunately, everything went downhill from there. The sin of the first couple banished them from the ideal life and introduced new words into their vocabulary — words like pain, death, sorrow and fear. These were the words that began to damage the world, and so it has continued to this day.

There is only one thing left from those days of utopia that has never changed. It was something Adam and Eve never lost, though they were cut off from perfect communication with God. As their descendants, it is something we also have. That is, we have His image. We still bear it, and we still long to know it in its fullness. We were created for something more — much more — and we know it.

We are children of God and He has designed a way for us to reopen the channel of communication with Him that was lost when Adam and Eve sinned. That way is Jesus Christ. Through Him, we will be restored to the true identity God intended.

Right now we're reading the story of life with mixed-up words. Our hope, through Christ, is that some day they will all be set right.

Marcia Laycock is president of Inscribe Christian Writer's Fellowship. Her book, The Spur of the Moment — filled with slices of life that will stir your soul — is available at her website, www.vinemarc.com, or by calling 1-800-238-6376.

Originally published in Living Light News, July/August 2004.

 

 
 
 
 

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