For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. -1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)
It is easy to doubt the existence of God when all seems well. Few feel the need to be saved when they are floating along the calm waters of life. Who would choose the biography of a God in human skin, sacrificing Himself for strangers, with no explosions, no surprise escape, no punch line when the stories on the fiction shelf provide heart-numbing distraction from real-life drama? However, when tides turn and doubters start to sink, an unseen hand of hope seems far more plausible. When lifelike drama becomes their own real-life pain, they begin to pray the story of a Savior is more fact than fiction. It doesn’t seem quite so foolish then. Christians know from the outset that we can’t always believe in what we see and that our own power is pretty pathetic. Far from foolish, a trip through Calvary is saner, safer and more fun than a journey that takes life in any other direction.