‘All we need to do is start climbing’
I was parked in the Forest Park Shopping Center lot the other day. Across from me was a courtyard, between The Quarry restaurant and Anytime Fitness, where Weaver’s Hobby Shop used to be.
In the courtyard were a couple of sculptures, plants, flowers, tables and chairs. At the back was a stage with a wall that closed off the west end.
This wall was built of all kinds of rocks, stones, bricks, ledges; odds and ends placed every which direction that seemingly had no cohesiveness.
The elements didn’t look like they were designed to go together. The arrangement suggested chaos. It would take much extra time and effort to build a wall with such diverse, seemingly incompatible materials.
But in the middle of it all, a series of steps had been built that led right up through the wall to the top. And then I saw it – some people build their lives like that wall, with unfitting incomprehensible elements that produce chaos. It takes them much extra effort to put such a life together, one that looks like a mess because it is a mess.
While that’s all right for a wall, a life cannot function efficiently or properly that way, when it’s hard to make any sense out of it with the hopelessness it suggests. The results will reflect the construction.
But there is a way out. There are those steps someone in their providence built into the wall. A person can climb them – up and out of any kind of situation he builds, no matter how ugly it gets. Jesus is the steps in every life, the means of escape, the one surety we possess and never lose, even when we think everything is gone.
All we need to do is start climbing.