Friday, January 08, 2010

Pandora's Box

Lately I have been stumbling upon the story of Pandora's box over and over in odd places. We all know about this Myth or perhaps we know it as a jewelry retailer! Either way, the story provides something beyond the nonsense of mythology, it reveals beauty in its ending, which to me really is a beginning. I wouldn't even be surprised if it is a rendition of Biblical influence. It goes something like this, Pandora was given a box and told not to open it, but gifted with curiosity, she opens it "and when she did so, all of the evils, ills, diseases, and burdensome labor that mankind had not known previously, escaped from the jar" (taken from). Maybe you've heard this before somewhere? Perhaps in the garden of Eden where Eve was given all to her and was tempted as well. She succumbed and as a result sin was released in the world. But as in the Bible the story does not stop there, nor does it in the Myth. It goes on to say one truly important thing. At the bottom of the box lay one more thing after everything else escaped and that was HOPE. God gave us HOPE in Jesus even when sin became a part of the world.

As someone who has walked through very difficult times I can attest that without HOPE, life would be pointless. In fact the reality of HOPE is one of the only reasons I believe I am alive. Sometimes it is easy to HOPE, and other times it seems impossible. But as faith is being certain of things unseen, so it is with HOPE, it is a risk to HOPE, yet I believe there are tremendous consequences in our lives, in the lives of many around, and in eternity when we continue to HOPE and believe in God and His promises and Love for us.

Perhaps Jesus being our discovery at the bottom of the box has given us the greatest expectation of HOPE, one the world cannot compare with.

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