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 – never mind that we all have different experiences to begin with, which is why we don’t react the same in similar circumstances. And what is meant to be an encouragement for one person may not work for another.
King Solomon had an exceptional ability to express his depressed state of mind. Here is how he thinks – spoiler alert; it’s pretty dark (Ecclesiastes 3:18-20):
“Humans and animals come to the same end – humans die, animals die. We all breathe the same air. So there’s really no advantage in being human. None! Everything’s smoke! We all end up in the same place – we all came from dust, we all end up as dust. Nobody knows for sure that the human spirit rises to heaven or that the animal spirit sinks into the earth. So I made up my mind that there’s nothing better for us men and women than to have a good time in whatever we do – that’s our lot. Who knows if there’s anything else to life?”
Many people wrestle with melancholy because everything on earth has an expiration date, our lives included. However, children of God know hope. Their dusty frame carries precious cargo: the message of Christ. This does not exempt believers from sadness. It is important to turn our eyes on Jesus and remember: we are loved. Paul wrote to the Greek believers in the city of Corinth (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.”
The message of Christ Paul refers to in his letter is the good news of the gospels. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Those who believe in Him have eternal life. He is known to be tender and merciful. Even as we age, which is death’s prelude, He renews us from the inside. And when our life is over, then we know that the best is yet to come.