Over the summer my wife and I decided to revisit Kingsbrae Garden – “a multi-award winning 27 acre horticultural masterpiece located in beautiful St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick.” The vast garden area is truly an inspiring masterpiece with “over 50,000 perennials in themed gardens, ponds, streams, old-growth Acadian forest, various animals and birds.” For anyone venturing out this way I highly recommend it.
On the grounds there was also a Sculpture Garden displaying winning works of a bi-annual Canada-wide sculpture competition. One of these in particular drew my attention. The piece was simply called ‘Man looking up.’ No surprises. It was a sculpture of a man… looking up.
Turns out there have been several sculptures of people gazing heavenward, often with a look of yearning, of lostness, of striving… mankind looking up for something transcendent.
There is an innate inner angst in all of us, a sense that something is amiss within, an incompleteness… an expectation. Mortality seems unfair. We ache for the eternal.
The Christian knows the truth behind all these yearnings, the reason for the soul’s anxiety. The gospel is true. Sin has alienated us from our Maker. We are complete only in Him. Without Him we are lost yet still eternal. Christ has come to reunite us if we will. He has gone, yet will return… in the clouds… as he was seen to leave. The angels asked,
“…why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (see Acts 1 :11)
When He does it will be time, for the believer, to look up again, as He said,
“they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:27-28).
Look up. See Jesus.
When you do, nothing will ever be the same again.
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