The Maze of My Life: Part 7, Worthless Things

At last we got to some light.  But it wasn’t the kind of light I was expecting.  It was ugly light, and it was illuminating what were supposed to be . . . I really don’t know what they were supposed to be.  I think they were supposed to be mummies hanging from the ceiling.  Why, I do not know.  I was a) disgusted and b) scared.  I did not want to walk under those things.

Mom–who had actually waited–said something like, “They’re just foam,” and reached up and grabbed one.  It was hard to argue with that.

So much of my life has been filled with worthless things.  Feeding digital pets.  Buying $16 eye shadow.  Watching junkyvision television.  Collecting My Little Ponies.  Wistfully browsing fashion magazines.  Obsessing that a B had ruined my 4.0 average.  Fretting over a pull in a sweater.  Daydreaming about being popular enough to go on Goodmorning America.  Scheming how to get back at the teenagers who treated me like trash.  Worrying about what will happen in forty years.  Worthless, worthless, worthless.

Worthless things get top priority only when you don’t realize they’re foam.

For most of my life, I didn’t realize they were foam.

It’s hard not to be distracted by blobs of foam when you are so self-centered you believe everything that comes into your life you pay attention to.  That was me.  It still is, sometimes.

Because I still get distracted.  I still worry about junk hanging from the ceiling of this world.  But when I take a good hard look at it, I realize it’s nothing but a wasted promise.  And when I reach out and put my hand on it, I see it’s nothing but a flimsy attempt at meaning.

Real life comes from Jesus, only from Jesus.

Real life is the path that leads to Heaven.

And I don’t have the time to be messing with foam junk hung up for the sake of distracting me from real life.

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. (Psalm 119:37, ESV)

This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is found in his Son. (1 John 5:11, ESV)

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The Maze of My Life, Part 6: Illusion

Right after the animatronic arm, a bright pterodactyl flew out of nowhere and I mean went straight for my eyes.  Then it vanished.

I immediately wondered what in the world had happened.  Had I had some kind of breakdown from the animatronic hand?  But I had heard this screeching sound, too.  Had there really been some kind of holographic image?  But what did that pterodactyl have to do with the mummies theme?

I was crazy for optical illusions as a kid.  My mom bought me a big book of all kinds of optical illusions packed with pictures to test the brain.

But ilusions don’t just come from cleverly draw pictures.  They’re all around us.

Where do all these illusions come from?  And why are there so many of them?  Why does it seem like everything in our culture runs counter to the Truth?

Illusions get their start in our hearts.  They are the longings Satan tempts us with.

The hologram or whatever illusion that was inside that maze . . . that wasn’t my fault.  But the illusions I allow to creep into my life by my desire to fill empty longings?  Those are.

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. (Galatians 1:6-7, NLT)

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  (James 1:16-17, NIV)

Do not be turned from the right way by foolish words; for because of these things the punishment of God comes on those who do not put themselves under him. (Ephesians 5:6, BBE)

Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18, NLT)

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:9, NASB)

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