A husband grabs a wall map of the world and tapes it up. He hands his wife a dart and tells her that wherever it lands is where they are going for a two-week vacation. She closes her eyes and throws the dart. I guess they’re spending their vacation behind the fridge!
I like that story. It reminds me of what happens when we leave things to chance. As they say in gambling circles, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. The problem with chance is that there is no path to follow. You are like a man tossed into the seed at the mercy of wherever the waves go.
It may seem that chance had its way with us when we are born. After all, I had no choice of my gender, color, culture, family, environment, etc. It appears that some people are born into opportunity and others born into trouble. The Queen of England was born into a royal family. Could she have been just as easily been born in an impoverished family in a place with no food and even little opportunity? What if the vilest of evil people were born into loving nurturing families?
Think about your lot in life. Some of us have it pretty good. Born into a nice loving family, loads of opportunity, never hungry, etc. Others are born into a place of little or no family, little or no love, and little or no opportunity. The world in which we live values the people born into the first category much more than the second.
Does chance value some over others? It certainly seems that chance and its friend, fate, does favor the rich and powerful over the rest of us. After all, a poor person with high intelligence, drive, and wisdom is still poor. He will not have much influence over society or culture. A celebrity whose only value is to hit a ball, or make us laugh has an incredible amount of worldly influence. They may not be any brighter than the poor man but they have the ear of many. They influence how we think and what we are to feel.
The dice were rolled, they won the game of chance and we lost.
But is that it? In an old movie, On the Waterfront, Marlon Brando, bemoans, “I could have been somebody. I could have been a contender.” Does that sorrowful lament resonate with you?
If only my parents were better, richer, smarter, etc., then I could have been somebody.
What if we were not born by chance? What if we were fearfully and wonderfully made in the womb, placed there by a loving creator? If you think you were born by chance, I ask you to read Psalm 139. It tells us we are not born by chance and that our loving creator, God, has His hand in who we are. He cares for us deeply.
Verses 13-14 of that psalm says:
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.”Pslam 139:13-14
Does that sound like chance? No, it sure doesn’t.
Does this mean that some people end up in rich families and some in poor families? Yes, it does.
Does it mean that God values some people more than others? No, it does not.
We all have the same value to God. He loves us all equally and he wants to be able to call us all children. Salvation is available to all.
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.Romans 10:13.
This is pretty clear that Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection was for everyone. Rich or poor, kings and queens, beggars and outcasts.
No matter where or when or to whom you were born, you were lovingly created. Jesus lovingly made himself the sacrifice for your sins so you could be set free. You are loved.
Andy Becker is a retired counselor and author of The Travelers, a fictionalized account of spiritual warfare (available on Amazon) as is, Stupid Thyroid, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Stella. He and his wife, Stella, lead Lighthouse Ministries which offers love, hope, and encouragement to one of Canada’s poorest and roughest neighborhoods, North Central Regina. His book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca