DON’T FORGET TO ENJOY THE JOURNEY
A line from a movie… “The Shack”
I failed to acquire a pair of ‘solar eclipse’ glasses. I did witness a dimming of the light outside, but that was about it. And I did try putting my phone in selfie mode, with my back to the sun… but it elicited nothing but a glowing globe each time. Not to worry… I do know it did happen, even if we weren’t in the path of totality! God is at work in His most mysterious ways!
So much hoopla surrounded this event. God in His wisdom is showing His might, to bring humility to our broken lives. Alas, many will not see this aligning of cosmic bodies as such. Instead the question will be asked everywhere… “Where were you during the eclipse?!”
A well known pastor in Australia said something just short time ago that left an indelible mark on my soul. Brian Houston said that we must cultivate an “eternity mindset”, not a worldly or “70s mindset” (70’s being the average lifespan of most humans these days). In other words, spend our minutes out of the day on thinking about and knowing that, as believers, we will spend eternity with God, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our existence is not limited, even though our time here in this life .. is .. temporary.
It is so easy to focus on all the myriad of increasing negativity around us each waking moment. Paul wrote to Timothy:
The Dangers of the Last Days
3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
Today (2017), this sounds so very familiar.
The devil knows he’s losing (oh yes, contrary to what you may think, he’s losing), so he’s playing all his cards now. That is why it is so very important to surround yourself with godly people, godly news and literature, and pray all the time – with praise and with sincere heart. Serve where it is needed.
Get out into creation, the beautiful artwork of our Creator. Take time to just take in the views and gorgeous sights to be seen! Smile at a passerby, chat with a stranger, smell a flower at a vendor’s stand. LOOK for that which will be pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul.
Know that which is not of scripture, and is of this world.. and quickly stray from it. Oh yes, so much easier said than done, but it can be done.
As you do this, do not forget to enjoy the journey. We know the destination. We will be judged by how we ‘get there’.
Pray. Love. Serve.