Are we there yet?

June 29, 2018

 

   

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? When you finally reach that point in life where all things finally work together and you’ve arrived at your life’s goal, will you know that you’re there when you get there? 

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

 

When I’m there, will I know that I am there? You know the feeling? In the days before GPS it was a very common one. You had an address and some basic knowledge as to where you were headed. At most you had a map that you hoped was up to date. At journey’s end you hoped you were on the right street or close to it. Slowing down you began to look for a street sign, nervously looking into the rear-view mirror for traffic, landmarks you had been told about, or perhaps a house number. Since these were often difficult to see, even at night when a porch lamp was on, knowing you were there was often difficult to know. 

 

How about life? When we finally reach that point in life where all things finally work together and we’ve arrived at our life’s goal, that place where the many years of education, accumulated wisdom and just plain learning from life’s hard knocks and fingernail dirty, hard work has finally brought us, will we know that we are there when we get there? What are the obvious signs that we’ve arrived and further progress wasn’t necessary? Or, will we keep inching along, straining to see down life’s paths never really knowing when our destination has finally been reached?

 

Here’s a story. “A young lady, fresh out of college, had the opportunity to attend a cocktail party also attended by the world’s most famous physicist, Albert Einstein. Having majored in physics herself, she felt bold enough to approach the famous physicist and theorist with this question: ‘Doctor, I know that you have mastered many sciences and written many famous treatises on the laws of physics. But, Doctor, may I ask you a question? As I am a physicist, what do you consider your profession to be?’ The white-haired old scientist smiled, looked the young lady in the eyes and slowly stated. “Why I devote myself to the study of physics.” The girl looked at him in astonishment. ‘You mean to say you study physics at your age?’ she exclaimed. ‘I finished mine a year ago.’ Did Einstein know he gotten there? Was the direction in his life purposed so that he was actually able to know that he had achieved success and could now rest on that success? Evidently he didn’t think so. Einstein had discovered to his credit that direction is all about sustaining, not finishing. When Pablo Casals reached 95, a young reporter threw him a question: ‘Mr. Casals, you are 95 and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?’ And Mr. Casals answered, ‘Because I think I’m making progress.’” (Dr. Maxwell Maltz, quoted in Bits & Pieces, June 24, 1993, p. 12.) 

 

As Christians it’s our goal to make progress every day of our lives. But actually reaching our goals, knowing that we are there when we get there? It is neither likely nor wise to think that we will ever really get there. Making progress day by day is the better goal by far. Will we ever know everything there is to know about our salvation? Will that day finally dawn when we will finally get it completely? Yes, when we stand in heaven in the embrace of our Savior, Jesus Christ, then we shall know completely. Until that time it will always be a day-in and day-out matter of devotion to the Word of God and the ever-insistent question of our yearning heats “Are we there yet?” 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, you mark our days, but often we long to know more than the day. Life often is confusing and we impatiently look for an end to not knowing what the next day might bring. Forgive us when we become convinced that we know all we need to know about where we are headed, forgetting that life is a journey whose end only you really know. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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