I forgot – again. Forgot that I’m not alone. Forgot that fear is an enemy. Forgot that now isn’t all there is.
But this is what God tells me, tells you: “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NLT) He wants us to be sure – so He put His Spirit in us and wherever we go, we are never alone.
My one year old grandson doesn’t understand when I leave the room, I haven’t left him. He comes running to make sure he’s not abandoned. Jesus left us here for a little while, but He didn’t desert us. On every journey He is with us.
What about our enemy fear? “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2Timothy 1:7 NLT) Though enemies – seen and unseen – may surround us, fear is an enemy only we open the door to.
It’s getting warm here, so recently we were moving a big fan in the garage to blow on my grandson and I while we play. At first the noise bothered him but it wasn’t close so he went about his business. But when grampa moved it our direction, he thought it was coming to get him. We’re like that, when the bad stuff is far enough away, we keep our chin up. But when confronted with what frightens us, we think it can swallow us.
So over all this, there’s a promise: “…God Himself will be with them…He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:3b-5a NIV) Now is brief, eternity is forever.
Until we’re about fifty we live like things will go on the same indefinitely. Then it begins to hit us, our mortality. We begin to calculate approximately how many years we have left. I think it’s why people started bucket lists – cram as much in as you can before it’s too late. Too late? This side of eternity is to shine God’s light – the other side has endless wonders. Time to remember – never forget – the best is yet to come.
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