My husband, whose super power is processing his thoughts out loud, said randomly the other day: “I wonder why Tim Burton puts elaborate dioramas in so many (all?) of his films.”
I have no idea. Maybe one of you reading this is a mega-Tim-Burton-fan and happens to know the reason. If not, I’m sure the answer is out there somewhere on The Google. Regardless, I’m sure there is a reason. I’m sure of that because one thing we know is that, as wacky as the human race is, Hollywood, psychology, history and science all agree – there is a reason for (or a point to) everything.
The Bible agrees, too. There’s a point to everything. For example, in Acts 17, Paul explains a pretty significant point: What’s the point in all this – this life, the earth, mankind, etc.? Why did God create it all and what is our purpose?
Check it out:
“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:24-28 NLT)
So, what’s the point? For the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him; to live, move and exist in him.
That’s it. That’s the whole point. In every circumstance we find ourselves in, the point is for us to know him. And, because we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28), that means it’s the point of EVERY moment, even the tough ones.
Prayer: Dear God, please help me to see your purpose in every moment of my life. When I’m tempted to doubt you and – in frustration – ask “what’s the point?!?”, help me to trust that you are able to use everything around me to draw me closer to you. Let that purpose give me a hope that shines brightly in good times and bad. Amen.
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