Living Now…

Day to day life is a bit different lately. A lot more thought given to running a quick errand, and here in Florida, no more beach trips for the time being – or any fun places for that matter.

But the living is a bit sweeter. Family takes on a whole new meaning. Playing games, doing puzzles, a lot more walks. Bittersweet too – those we love who aren’t right here, we can’t go to (for now).

That’s just it – it’s all for now. For now we weather the Covid19 crisis. Incomes go down or disappear – for now. Travel halts – for now. No more eating out – for now. No more friends over – for now. For now, we wait. Kinda like the waiting for Jesus: “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior.” (Philippians 3:20 NLT)

Sometimes the results of the wait seem so far away. I have a grandson I can’t see right now. I may miss another grandson’s graduation because large gatherings may not return for quite some time. I want to see them – and their parents – and the wait is hard.

It’s the trusting that leads to the joy. The trusting that leads to the forever. Where our soul no longer waits in anticipation of what will be. Where we no longer fret over what could have been. “Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls.” (1Peter 1:8b-9 NLT)

So here’s a new focus for us: Instead of focusing on what isn’t on the store shelves or where we can’t go, what about a Jesus focus? Do we think He doesn’t see this, is powerless to change it? No, but our world of instant everything would love for us to doubt. ‘Where is your Jesus now?’ it may ask.

Right where He’s always been. Dwelling in the hearts of those who surrender their ‘now’ to Him so they can have His forever. “In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. (1Peter 1:3-6 NIV)

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