Friday, April 6, 2018 – 01:13
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this day. Thank You for life itself, so much better than not-life. I may have said this before, but I know there will be an after-life – no doubt about it!
The real question is, “What will I think and feel in the after-life?” (Or ‘of ‘ – what will I think of it? I’m hoping I will never stop enjoying it. Unlike life. Although, I don’t really mean that, because again, life is so much better than not-life. I’m pretty sure there was nothing at all to like about not-life. Then again, sometimes, when I need to zone out… those are the times when nothing is better than something.)
Father, Thank You for change.
It’s not always easy to thank you for change. Does anyone like it? (Well, yes – when things are bad!) But I think what we humans all seek are good times that never end.
Maybe that’s what heaven is like. The best of times. Only. Unending.
I think what this post is about is: reaching a point (aka aging) where there are almost as many moments as not when I’m ready to have that answer. I want to know “the grand secret.”
I’m just not 100% sure there’s going to be anything to like. (Oi, here we go again – another James 1:8 moment!)
Psalm 38 GW
15 But I wait with hope for you, O Lord.
You will answer, O Lord, my God.
21 Do not abandon me, O Lord.
O my God, do not be so distant from me.
22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my savior.
The funny thing about this desire to look up the answer to the biggest question on the test – combined with finally having to have some patience – is that I experience peace.
Maybe this is the peace that surpasses.
Take for example when I had days lying in a hospital bed after my kidneys failed or when I was recovering from surgeries. There was seriously nothing else to do but think – to be still – and know that someday – maybe soon – I was going to get the Truth.
And I am ok with that. I can look forward to it. I’m ready.
Philippians 4:11-12 ESV
…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. …In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret…
You know the saying about how the only thing that never changes is change itself?
Not true! Someday the days of our lives will stop changing. Peace is being ready for its unexpected arrival.
Peace is the end.
God, today I pray that this quiet assurance and worry-lessness will last throughout the remainder of my time here on earth. (Of course, it won’t – I’ll get worked up over some or other minor inconvenience…) In which case, I ask You to remind me in whatever way necessary of what You have revealed to me as I write this.
“Grant me the serenity… the courage… and the wisdom…”
In Jesus’ reassuring name, AMEN