Wednesday, 21 August 2013

“There” is “Here”

The following is a quote from the September issue of In Touch Magazine.  “We live the life to which we are called, not by staring off in the distance, wondering when we’ll get “there,” but in realizing that “there” is “here.”

It is not unusual for newly married couples to bring expectations to their marriage even if only at the subconscious level.  Most often they come to the realization reasonably fast that marriage is not exactly what they thought it would be like.  Optimistically they hope that in the not too distant future they will arrive as a couple. “Arriving” implies getting to a destination, we’ll call “there”, and where married life will be what we dreamed it would be.  The problem is that most couples never get “there.”

Cute mannerisms become irritants, tolerable habits become intolerable, and as the song goes “We’ve Lost that Lov’in Feeling”. When we were dating we focused on the positive qualities of the one we so desperately wanted to marry.  Shortly after “I do” we begin to see the back side of the tapestry, i.e. all the loose random colored threads, instead of the front side which is colorful and a work of art.

As Christians what we often fail to realize is that “there” is “here”.  Here is exactly where God wants us to be.  Here is where we are going to learn to depend on Him, to rely on Him and trust in His promises.   What we hoped for is not necessarily what God intends for us. God is concerned about our spiritual growth.  I don’t know about you but I grow much more when I’m in difficult circumstances than I ever do when things are going well.  I grow more when I ask God the “what” question rather than the “why” question.  What is it you want me to learn from this experience?  God never wastes pain, He always has a purpose for what He allows or brings into our lives.

As I pursue what He has in mind, “here” starts to look a little brighter, I have a different outlook.  The elusive “there” no longer has an allure because I am living in the present seeking what the Lord would have me learn. 

Pursue is an action verb requiring intentionality.  To learn what He has in mind I must spend more time with Him, time in His Word, time in prayer, and time meditating on His Word.  I find that when I pursue Him I invariably run across a verse or parable or theme that speaks to what I am dealing with in the here and now.



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