"I see God called the
sons of men, to enable them to be exercised in the meantime." (Ecclesiastes 3:10)
Jurg Schubiger is famous German childre’s
story writer. His work won many awards. His book, called “Only Happy, no
The beginning of the
story is telling an isolated village where many happy villagers lived. They
had never encountered a bad thing. They didn’t worry evil or tragedy. They
even didn’t need to greet each other, because everybody was fine.
One day a visitor came. His face was dark
as dust, skin full of wrinkles, dressed in old rag, acted in sick way, and
slow in movement. He walked down the street, stumbling tumble and fell to
ground. People saw his antics and laughed out. Some even imitated him, also
fell to the ground, but hurted themselves with broken knees and bleeding elbows.
They stopped laughing.
That night, the stranger lived in a farmer’s
barn. In the mid of night, he felt cold and pain couldn’t sleep. He got up
and set a small pile of fire. The wind blew and sparks fell to the near heap
of hay and ignited the fire unexpectly. The fire consumed the barn and house.
The farmer couple escaped but not their son. He died in the fire. The next
morning, the stranger holding on the remain of the child and cried greatly.
In the funeral, the villagers attended, they were all very sad with tears.
There were many people went to comfort the farmer couple and expressed in
great sorrow. They all felt the pain first in their life. Finally, the
stranger ready to leave. On the way out, some curious villagers asked him
what was his name? He replied: “My name is death.”
Death is the most
heartrending matter in life, but it is also something no one can avoid. The
world under the curse of sin, will not always be only happy without pain. God
allows suffering’s temporary presence, so to try human beings, that they may
learn to cherish life and happy moments, be willing to comfort and support
one another, to grow up in misery, and mature in time of hardship. If life
has only joy without pain, pleasure does not make sense, and man no need to depend
on God. So how to rely on God through suffering is the true meaning of life.