This way to paradise

The travel poster pictures a beautiful island girl wearing garlands of flowers. In the background, palm trees sway and white sands glisten. The caption reads, "Escape to the islands and find your longed-for paradise." Sound inviting? Sure it does! But why is the need to get away sometimes so desperate? Will the problems we want to avoid suddenly disappear, or will they still be there to haunt us when we return? If they are, then our "escape" to paradise leaves much to be desired.

The problems that seem so overwhelming are certainly no greater than some of those Christ Jesus faced. In fact, a few may be similar: the sick and infirm in need of healing, rivalry among friends and associates, widespread poverty and ignorance, national upheaval, dishonesty, public apathy. No problem, however great, was too tough for the Master.

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