Today we turn a calendar page. What events are you posting on social media? Dinner and the theater? An upcoming wedding or birth? Classes or seminars? These are all exciting announcements, but even greater intrigue lies ahead.
Imagine buying a magic ticket for a cruise. The moment the ticket was placed in your hand, you could immediately sense the sights, sounds, and smells of your destination.
Suppose you boarded an ocean liner in New York City, bound for London. As you climb the ramp and step onto the deck of the ship in New York, you sense a mist of light showers; a cart clattering over London cobblestones; smoke wafting to you from the entrance to the Tube (subway); and onion, garlic, dried fish, and pepper rising to you from the shops that flank the roadway where pedestrians dart into the path of impatient cabbies.
God sees like that. God sees forward.
“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Good news: God’s love reaches inside our hearts as He reconciles us to Himself on the crest of Jesus-grace waves. As a result, we can reconcile with ourselves.
Each day, I set goals for writing my book. I’m in a deep study, layers under, sorting through gutters and margins; uniformity and justification; block quotes and block formatting. I’m building intentional relationships with other authors so we can further the Kingdom together. Some days I meet the goals. Mostly I don’t. Yet regardless of how much I accomplish, my identity is found in a deep relationship with our Savior.
I wince when I think about my shortcomings.Sometimes I get so immersed in electronics, I neglect to reach out to a friend who comes to mind. Some days, I confess, I put my own selfish to-do list ahead of time alone with the Lord. And some days, He tells me to slow down and rest. But like a defiant toddler, I buzz circles around Him until I drop.
Later, I play the past in loops, revisiting events I regret.
On those days, I figure, my stubborn pride resists His illogical acceptance. He kindly and patiently waits for me to repent my choppy way through churning waters. Then the Holy Spirit sweeps open the door of my cabin, fills it with His breath, and brings its dark corners to light. Together we surge ahead, the spray of salt water in our faces.
He sees us in terms of who we’re becoming. On days when we introduce tension into our own thoughts and words, we can stop to remember the good news: Jesus paid the price on the cross. We don’t have to apologize for our sins 1,000 times. We can repent once, and then go back to the cross and say, “Thank You” 999 times.
In the end, it is a heart of gratitude for His forgiveness—in sync with the rhythmic pulse of His sea swells beneath us—that attracts all of heaven and opens up our futures to God-possibilities.
“Look carefully because what you are going to see is no longer what you have just seen.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Now there’s great news. Pass the fish and chips!
Friend, who does Jesus say you are becoming? What are some evidences you see on your voyage?
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