My friend, may I ask you a question? What does the Lord have in store for us down the road? Like treasures in the bush, a bird that you can hear but not see, does God often give us a little taste, a brief experience, in order to prepare us for the “feast” that awaits us someday
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Did you ever notice how at least having just a taste of something, a little hint or just a brief encounter with what we we’re anticipating, can be so much fun? I know a lot about anticipation. Being a birdwatcher for many years, I’m familiar with being thrilled by the distant sound of a bird species I’ve long wished to see but never quite had the good fortune to glimpse. For years, for example, I’ve been longing to see the diminutive and reclusive Grasshopper Sparrow that lives in a meadow not far from our little woods. Just recently I heard one across the span of its bristled grasses. I knew what it was instantly, the sweet almost insect-like buzz of its voice was distinctive. I couldn’t find it among the waving grasses however. It was obviously perched just low enough to be hidden from my view. So tempting yet so far away. I had to wait for another day. I can't count the number of times that the deep woods or expansive meadows around Beech Springs have hidden the prize from me. Hearing but not seeing is what keeps birdwatcher’s coming back to hear what they cannot see.
In many ways, what the Lord has in store for all us down the road is very much like those hard to see but sometimes only overheard treasures in the bush. In His love for his children, God often consents to a little taste, a brief experience, in order to prepare us for the "feast" that awaits us someday.
Chuck Swindoll writes: “You remember coming home in the afternoon after school feeling very hungry and your mother had supper on the stove? And you remember at times she would have a cake in the oven? I don’t know why mothers put children through such torture. When you were so hungry, the aroma of the cake filled the house, and you wanted a piece of that cake. ‘Not until after supper.’ Every mother I've ever met says that. Being the model child I was, I would wait patiently, except on a few occasions when I would badger her for a slice of that cake. And then she would take an exceedingly sharp knife with an exceedingly thin blade and slice off the smallest slice of cake one can imagine and give me a little taste of first fruit of the cake. It was only a sample to what was to come later.” (Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes)
Like Swindoll’s mom, there are some things in life that God simply doesn’t choose in his grace and wisdom to reveal to us at the time and place we would most like it to be. Perhaps he knows that if we took a big helping of it now, it would spoil the tomorrow he had in mind for us all along. It may be that he knows we are not capable as of yet to “consume” so much all at one time. It may also be that what we don’t know now will be better known at another time when we’re more mature and able to cope with it. Like the little Grasshopper Sparrow, sometimes we long to discover, but it’s just not our time to know it. We need to be happy to walk away knowing something, but not everything. Wanting to know, to share in what God knows now, is a natural occupation of the curiosity God has installed in each of us. He reveals when and how he’s ready, and all revelations are planned for our good. Be thankful for the “thin slice” of tomorrow he sometimes blesses us with, and be encouraged that the best is yet to come!
We pray. Heavenly Father, it seems so logical to us to know what tomorrow may bring. We long to be prepared for anything, even, unfortunately, the things that it would be harmful or hurtful for us to know. Yet, deep down we know that you always have our best interests in mind. Forgive us Lord when we seek to know that which only you have ability to control. 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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