Do you remember when you were a kid driving somewhere with adults and it seemed like you were never going to get there? Or maybe you have kids and experienced this with them as well. “Are we there yet?”
I have friends who would tell their kids “20 more minutes!” no matter how far away they were.
The ever-common phrase, “Are we there yet?” still seems to apply as an adult.
When you were 2 you wanted to be old enough to ride a bike like your brother, or cousin. When you were 8 you wanted to be in middle school. When you were in middle school you wanted to be in high school. When you were in high school you wanted to have a car and license to drive. When you were driving you wanted to be in college and on your own because you knew everything. You get the picture?
There have been numerous times I wanted to fast forward to something. That ONE thing I couldn’t wait to happen, and then it did, and I was on to the next ONE thing.
There will always be something, and here on earth none of it will last. Though, anything worthwhile in life will take time. Relationships take time. Building a business takes time. Building a marriage or repairing a marriage. Transitions into retirement, or empty nest. All of it takes time to adjust to, and time to build.
There are so many things I can’t wait for, and yet I realize I need to stay the course, walking with Jesus, and take each moment He brings me.
It brings me back the vision I’ve talked about:
2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
I have a longing for more, and I’m sure you do too. As I discussed two weeks ago, the longing is placed there by God, and will only be fulfilled fully in heaven. Again, I think a longing is healthy and good because it helps us not get too comfortable here.
Our security is ultimately with Jesus and our forever with Him, so we have to keep our eternal perspective in everything we do. Just keep taking one step at a time and one day you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come, and you will see the ONE thing come to pass and probably 100’s more.
You will get there (whether here or in heaven), but it will be more than 20 more minutes.
Please help me keep an eternal perspective in all I do. I have desires and things I cannot wait for, and yet You know it all. I pray for strength, peace, and patience as I wait, and know no matter the outcome, You are good. You are holy, and one day nothing here will matter because we will be secure and at peace with You. May I represent You today, and keep Your vision of eternity in mind even as I wait.
In Jesus’ Name,
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