An Eternal Perspective
This is something I struggle with.
I find myself, frequently getting caught up in my present situation, eagerly anticipating the future, crafting my next step and focusing on bigger, better and stronger. My expectations of myself are overwhelming and while I’ve come leaps and bounds in this department, I still get down and frustrated when things don’t move as quickly as I thought. “I’m better than this.” I tell myself. “Why aren’t you there yet, as oppose to here, staring at yourself in disappointment?”
And what follows are sleepless nights of tail spins and anxiety ridden mornings. I wake up determined to prove myself wrong, rather than leaving that to God. So I run, faster than they day before, only to complete another cycle of frenzy, more crushed than the day before.
The last week has been this cycle and last night, (or rather early 4am this morning) I finally turned to my devotions after 4 hours of spinning.
“When you are younger, you think certain things are always good, while other things are always bad. For example, success is always good, and hardship is always bad. But when you have lived life for awhile, you can look back and realize that success actually can be bad for some. And hardship actually can be good for others. You begin to see things differently. And sometimes the things you thought were really good things turned out to be bad things. And the things that you thought were bad things turned out to be good things.
We must realize as Christians that God is in control of all circumstances surrounding our lives. God takes all of the events of life, the good things and the so-called bad things, and works them “together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).
We must also realize that God loves us and is always looking out for our eternal benefit—even if what we are presently going through is difficult. We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:17–;18, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
Are you thankful for what God has blessed you with? Have you given thanks recently for your health? For the freedom to worship openly? For the clothes on your back and the roof over your head? We need to give thanks to God—because there is so much to give thanks for.” – Greg Laurie
And As my eyes left the words, my heartbeat fell still for for first time in 7 days. I got down on my knees and thanked God for all he’s done in my life; for all the greatness he’s delivered thus far; and for the simple luxuries of shelter, food, clothes and great friends.
The beautiful thing I hold on to, is that these times are only temporary and few and far between. But when they decide to creep up, it’s a living nightmare. I truly believe it’s evil forces at work in our lives. But, it’s up to us to recognize it for what it is and put a stop to further hurt and pointless frustration.
For in God’s hands our future lies and by worrying we add not a single minute to our lives! And regardless of where we are or where we hope to be, we must remember that in HIM, we can do all things…but the key lies in His timing. Not ours.