In his last song Riders on the Storm Jim Morrison described a depressed world view:
“Into this house we’re born, into this world we’re thrown like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan.”
The human heart seems to have its own digestive system. As our stomach passes the food, so our heart passes our human experience. And as our digestive abilities are not the same so do our hearts differ in processing our experiences. We don’t respond the same in similar circumstances and what is a big problem to one person may not even register as an issue to another.
Many people wrestle with melancholy because everything on earth has an expiration date, our lives included. The prophet Isaiah says it so pointedly: Grass fades away. Flowers bloom, and then they wither and die. We all age. Although everything on earth is transitory the Word of God remains. We need to remind ourselves that life in this world is not everything there is; there is more to come; our souls and spirits live on.
Life on earth while precarious is precious. The here and now is an important chapter not to be underestimated. We have much to give, more than we are aware of, probably and need all the time we have been given to live to our full potential. In Jesus we matter. He is known to be merciful and has the power to turn our lives around. Even as we age He renews us from the inside, which is why believers know hope. Their dusty frame carries precious cargo: the message of Christ. On this note the apostle Paul wrote (2 Corinthians 4:7):
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.” *Bible Translation: The Message
To be clear: believing in Christ does not exempt us from sadness. It is important to turn our eyes on Jesus and remember: we are loved. The message of Christ Paul refers to in his letter to the Corinthians is the good news of the gospels: Jesus is the Word-made-flesh who moved into the neighborhood and is now in heaven interceding for us. He came to seek and save the lost; those who believe in Him have eternal life.
Movies have been created speaking about time travelers changing the past and thereby changing their future. Although we are no time travelers who can go back to the past and fix things, we have a more powerful tool available: We can change our future when we change our minds.