Four of us endured a somewhat frustrating afternoon / early evening on Wednesday. We were at the Oval in South London hoping to watch the One Day International between England and Pakistan but the match was eventually abandoned after heavy rain and a hailstorm! The limited amount of cricket that did take place between the rain means, however, that we will receive a 50% refund of our ticket price, so perhaps not all bad news.
Our ‘environmental frustration’ reminded me of words in Romans 8v20,21: “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God”. The word “frustration” here is the keynote word “vanity” or “meaningless” in Ecclesiastes and includes ideas of disappointment, without result, empty, futile – in particular, the thought of nowhere reaching the perfection of which it is capable.
Whether there will be cricket in the new heaven and new earth is perhaps a debatable point. However, what a glorious prospect is ahead of us when the present frustrated creation will be set free to display the beautiful perfection planned by God. God will not abandon this earth and we can look forward, in faith, to the day when creation is liberated from its frustration – not by the United Nations, but by the power of God!
Peace and Grace