February 7th - Are we there yet?
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 (NKJV)
"Are we there yet?" asked my younger sibling for what seemed to be the 40th time. My older sister and I looked at each other and rolled our eyes as, yet again, my mother patiently explained about how far we were from arriving at our destination and how much longer it would take to get there. My brother seemed like he was satisfied with mom's explanation--and then, after another short stretch of time, he asked the question again: "Are we there yet?" My patience was fraying at the edges...I whispered, "If we were there--we wouldn't still be riding in the car." He ignored me and asked the question in a louder voice, so that the adults in the front seat could answer his query.
This is what happens when you can't fully comprehend the situation. Outside of God, who can fully define our existential condition? We exist, we breath, we walk, we work and we are fairly clueless. As we walk through life, we have no real comprehension of where we are in our journey, and we ponder many questions: Will I live for several more years? Am I where God wants me to be? Am I spending my life wisely? We are like Abraham--heading out to the Promised Land with no clue as to how or when we will arrive. Now I have a choice on this sojourn--I can continually
ask God about the things that I cannot fully comprehend, or I can enjoy the ride and serve God with gladness. As to the cosmic question, "Are we there yet?" My friends, trust me, you will know when we get there.
In the providence of God's plan the answer to our question concerning our relative relationship to time, space and destiny is wrapped up in two words: "Due Season." God has a plan. God has a timetable. God has all things under control. God is driving the universe forward, and in due season we will reap the reward. "Due Season" is another way of expressing that we will arrive in God's appointed time. Our destiny is established and in due season we will hear the voice of our Lord say the words, "Welcome home, good and faithful servant."
In the meantime... Please know, that we are not there yet. In the meantime... Please know, that God has given you the opportunity to serve in His Kingdom. In the meantime... Use the time wisely, speaking the truth in love; loving your neighbor as yourself; looking to the needs of others, before looking to your own needs; proclaiming the good news of the Gospel; making disciples of all the nations; boldly entering before the throne of God with your prayers; fighting the good fight against the powers of darkness; making a difference--being a blessing--living a rich life... The journey is worth the ride and the arrival will be glorious!
Author's Note: There are so many questions I would like to ask God. At the same time, I realize that I would probably ask the wrong questions--seeking answers that are beyond my comprehension even if answered. I cannot even fathom the concept of "in the beginning." In intellect I am further removed from an All-Knowing God than my brother was in relationship to my parents sitting in the front seat of the car. I need to be satisfied with what I do know and understand; that I am a beloved son of the Creator, and saved by the atoning work of His Son, Jesus. RJD