Look closely at the image to the left and what do you see? We have been visiting a Japanese Garden today at St. Mawgen in Cornwall. Lovely gardens, peaceful, shaded in many places, beautiful and idyllic. This statue was in a Japanese tea garden and what struck me (as well as at other statues) was the amount of coins which were laid on the statue, and it saddened me. Why, you might ask? After all its no different than throwing coins down a Rotary Club well; some people see it as an opportunity to support a charity, but others will pray for good luck or good fortune. It’s the latter that concerns me, for we live n a world where people gamble their future on wealth, property and status.
Now don’t get me wrong I often do the same; after all this is written n my iPad and I’m a great one for gadgets. I’m always on the lookout for new things to own, buttons to press and switches to flick! Like a lot of people I dream of what I’m going to do with my lottery millions (although never buying a ticket is something of a hindrance to the dream!). I also play the Methodist equivalent of “if I ruled the world”, I.E. ‘if I were President of the Methodist Conference! Methodism would be in serious trouble).
However, I’d like to think that my fulfilment in life, nor my life itself depends on the acquiring of more gadgets, property, or status within the eyes of the world. It saddens me to see people for whom money etc. (And I include football within that), has become their main priority over everything else. I am mindful of the Biblical instruction to only have one God, to trust in Him and to be a loyal follower of His. I am also mindful of the Psalmist who writes “I lift my eyes to the hills, where shall my help come from? My help comes from The Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth” I want to spend my life knowing that in times of trouble I have a friend, a Lord, a Saviour who is far more reliable, eternally present and constantly loving; his name is Jesus and I want those who put their future hopes into the lottery, or stone statues, or simply luck to know that Jesus isn’t a gamble or a risk but a certainty. His promises hold true; I know, I’ve experienced them.