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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

It's square root day.

It's square root day. I know it may be hard to believe but it's true. There are actually people who sit around in anticipation of this day. After all, there is only nine of these every century and, if you've been alive for five years and 1 month, you've had the distinct pleasure of celebrating two of these. Today, across America, there will be celebrations where people throw parties, eat different "root products," and make foods shaped in the symbol of the square root. (In other news, the Federal Government is still trying to figure out how to use a square root and balance a budget).

It's funny the things that get us excited, isn't it? Some have compared this day with a visit from Haley's Comet. Others won't even know the day has come and gone (and thanks to this blog you won't have to count yourself among those unfortunate blokes). One man celebrates math, another science. One looks in anticipation of natural phenomenon, another longs for opening day of the season. We all have different desires and passions--with one that we all have in common.

The Bible says that the souls longs for God. We were created to desire Him and to be with Him. Our dissatisfaction with life comes when we are separated from Him by time or by our own sin. And the great tragedy is that so many souls don't even know what they long for. One friend of mine put it this way, in referring to the loss of a close friend to death: "His soul now dances in rejoicing for it has realized the one thing it longed most for...to be with God."

Our souls cry out for satisfaction that cannot be found in work accomplishments, family gatherings or quirky holidays. They cry because they desire to be one with God. That begins today with submission and surrender--two words that most Americans don't like to hear. (But it sure beats eating "root products" and eating a square root cake).

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