LIVING…WITH ETERNITY IN MIND

by tklicka on January 29, 2010

Dear friends,

One of the things the Lord has impressed on me these past few weeks in the wake of Chris’ death (the aftermath feeling in a VERY miniscule way at times like the aftermath of an earthquake–how vivid this picture is to all of us right now) is that every moment of every day is an opportunity to see God.

When I wake up in the morning and I’ve slept through the night in peace while my world kept on turning in my “absence” I see God’s amazing power over and care of the creation. Truly, He gives to His beloved, even in his sleep!

When I meet with my Father in the morning in the Word and in prayer, it’s just me and Him. He’s really there, and wants to be with me. Amazing, and what a privilege! Nothing can change that– losing Chris, (or potentially someday losing home, or children, or health, or freedom) can take away Christ in me, the hope of glory.

And when my day–as every day is–affected by sin and the curse of living in a fallen world, I can rest in His loving, sovereign rule over all, down to the minutest detail of our lives, and bank on God’s promise that “NO GOOD THING does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

–When I don’t know what to do…I can ask Him, and He WILL guide me.
–When I doubt…I can confess it to my Father, and ask for forgiveness and faith to believe His Word more.
–When I feel my efforts are in vain…I can remember that God is the Director writing the story of my family’s life, and everything offered up to Him in love and faith is pleasing to Him.
–When I sin by becoming impatient, or by being lazy, or by trying to live out of my own strength, or by trusting in norms and forms and rules instead of trusting in Him…I can run to my Father who is gracious and longs to forgive and heal and restore me to Himself and to others.
–When I am weighed down by the cares, challenges and hardships of this life…I can cast all my cares on the Lord and know that He cares for me.”

Every day…
–I find I have more to do than I have time for,
–I am tired, and would like to sleep longer than I do,
–I am tempted to grow weary in well-doing,
–I miss Chris in a thousand ways.

And I find I get impatient about…
   …the dishwasher not getting the dishes clean (even though the repair people have been out four times in two years to fix it, and refuse to replace it even though it’s under warranty),
…the new printer (unused) defective from the start that won’t make copies (and the hours I’m spending on the phone trying to get it replaced!)
…the  leaks that keep forming in my kitchen ceiling (even though we’ve had a plumber out to repair pipes and all the drywall in the ceiling has been closed up again and repainted),
…the mouse that is chewing up my carpet–and food in storage in the basement (instead of the poison we put out) trying to get out the door into our kitchen from the basement.

These and a pile of other God-ordained moments, events, and ongoing, perpetual states of existence!!! are opportunities for me to live with eternity in mind.

All too soon all this will pass away
And I will be standing in the brilliance of that day
Delighting in seeing that one radiant Face
Who  came to die, to take my sinful place
Can I conceive the wonder I will know
When veiled no more His glory He will show
For now, it is enough to wait until I see
Each day can be lived in the light of eternity

Thank you for praying for my moments…that they would be opportunities to see God. May your moments be the same!

For His glory,
Tracy

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