Some days are diamonds, some days are stones;
Sometimes the hard times, won’t leave me alone.
Sometimes a cold wind, blows a chill in my bones;
Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.
Now, regardless of whether you’re a Country & Western devotee, there’s a good deal of truth in this ditty. We are up; we are down. We soar; we fall. We succeed and we fail. No two days are completely alike. Some bring success. Some bring sorrow. Some days are diamonds. Some days are stones. Such is life in the “here and now”. Such is life on the horizontal plane.
But, surely there’s more to life than meets the eye. Science preaches that sermon to us every day! Surely, there’s a deeper reality in play than whether or not my day was good or bad, a diamond or a stone. All people have “good” and “bad” days, so to speak. Even well educated, well-tutored, well-cultured, well brought up folks! (At least that’s what I hear.)
There’s Got To Be More!
Could it be that through the sunshine and the rain, through all of life’s vicissitudes and vanities, there is something – Someone – more Permanent, more Real than the daily temperature or the low hanging stratus? Could it be that through the “diamonds and the stones” He literally challenges us to look heavenward – as lieutenant Dan finally did atop the shrimpin’ boat mast – to reconsider our stance toward Him?
Why must we cling to our delusion of autonomy? Why must we persist in the futile, passionate pursuit of doing life apart from Him, the One who not only fashioned us, but also made the days we inhabit? He’s numbered each one! He knows us, each one, by name! Why do we insist on making life work outside the Garden? You might as well try to start a camp fire in the pouring rain! Good luck with that!
There Is More!
The fact is, and history is proof enough, we were never designed to do life alone, outside God’s presence and at odds with His Lordship, where the “hard times won’t leave me alone” and the “the cool wind blows a chill in my bones.” It just doesn’t work. Is it true, then, that a stubborn mule has no honor; a treasonous man, no country? I wonder why.
Jesus knew what life was like outside the Garden. He went there, as it were, for you and me. It’s a place where thorns and thistles abound. And for those who know that nothing in this life truly satisfies, and for those who are weary and burdened, Jesus has a summoning word for you: Put down your sword! Give up the chase! Turn around and come home!
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest! Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
For those so interested, I dare you to read the immediate context, namely, Matthew 11:2-27.