Bible is a book of possibilities, a book of hope. Nothing is going to last forever, nothing is going to be a failure for ever. As the weather change the man changes. The possibilities start from the Eden when the door of possibilities closed behind first man and woman, when they were expelled from Eden another possibility opens. Promise of His only Son. Bible is a bag full of possibilities.
There is a place for one more try in Christianity. Don’t give up, give one more chance, try one more time. In the parable of the barren fig tree (Luke 13:6-9) Jesus make this very clear. ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ Yes, there is a chance for second time. A chance to make everything right, make everything straight. There is a chance to reconcile our relationships too. ‘Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.’ Matthew 5:23.
Jesus asks the desperate boatmen for a last try after his teaching on the boat (Luke 5). A netting in deep water, another try in a different place may change our life for ever. Nothing is a full stop in our life, even the death is starting of another life. That is the reason Jesus asks the poor woman to cry for their sons instead for him. “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children” Luke 23:28. Cry is good if it is for someone’s soul. It should be counted for. “You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle”. Psalm 56:8.
Again Jesus made it clear that expecting for nothing and anticipating without common sense is valuable before God. When He lost his valuable friend He cried. The most beautiful interpretation is his tears are for Lazarus’ sins. (John 11). Jesus asked Martha “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”. Perhaps the hope of a Christian is most valuable and more stable. It extends beyond death. And our hope is in an intangible thing, belief.
We may find it very difficult to practice. Even the saints faced this at least once in their life. Yes, the Kingdom of Heaven is subject to violence. A little practice is needed to get camel through eye of a needle, but everything is possible to God. St Paul make it clear: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. So love will prevail, it will bring rain on desert , it will heal the wounds. So when we feel desperate, instead of closing our eyes, instead of dropping our eyes , look forward, there is a ray of hope, a hope we can find in our neighbour’s needs which will give energy to go one more mile.