Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.” “What else does that tell you?” Watson pondered this question for a minute then responded, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and we are, by comparison, small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?”
Holmes drew a deep breath, was silent for a minute, and then spoke. “Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent!”
Why is it that sometimes the most difficult things for us to see are the most obvious? Human beings are interesting in this way. Some people will obsess over all the hidden dangers lurking in food additives, air born pollutants, toxic chemicals, childhood vaccines, etc. (which actually represent a relatively insignificant threat to most people), while completely disregarding proven scientific warnings about overeating, use of alcohol and tobacco, lack of exercise, and simple safety precautions like wearing a bike helmet or regular hand washing. Based on the level of fear surrounding some nearly imaginary dangers, it can sometimes be difficult to spot the real threats.
Likewise, many people feel lifeless, depressed and are longing for something they can’t seem to define. They seek to fill that void with all kinds of things (that aren’t God) and then wonder why they are never satisfied.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” The invitation to life has been extended. God invites us to receive life and love in abundance. This is not a fantasy or an illusion, but a real invitation to real fulfillment. Join me this Sunday as we share together “true food and true drink” at Christ’s table.