Daily Delight

Monday, November 14, 2016

I’ve heard a lot of faith-filled friends say that they are turning away from the turmoil of our current social climate. Amidst pain, riots, and war they are focusing on faith in an everlasting God, not man’s kingdom. In less certain words, they have told me have peace in hope for Heaven because it’s clear the the human condition is too far gone to believe in.

I certainly hope to live a life with a dash and not a period–– I hope for Heaven, I hope for meaning. In the meanwhile, the best I can do is look for heaven on earth. Those are the places I feel God’s presence and am reminded of peace to come. For me the has meant escaping–– to the mountains, to the open road, to the shoreline. But there is no escaping “to” without an escaping “from.” We are so often running from the harshest realities this world has to offer in an effort to reach the most vivid mirage of Heaven we can find. 

But in the end, the handiwork of God on earth is just that–– a mirage of Heaven that seemingly disappears when we begrudgingly return to our harsh realities. Is it really the closest we can get to Him? I think I’ve been getting something wrong. Hope for heaven isn’t hidden in escape. The heaven on earth we are desperately searching for lies in the love we are capable of having for one another. However hurting the human condition is, it is we–– not the tallest mountains or the most remote oases–– that are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). The only way we're going to come close to finding heaven on earth is by running to the rubble and creating it from what we've broken. 

Hope of Heaven will not be held accountable for surrendering hope for the human condition. 

{words: @safeenapadder ; photo: @jordan.daniels_}

About the Author

Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.

Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures atwww.safeenapadder.com/blog. Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.


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