Not There Yet!
“Are we there yet?” I can hear the chant repeated over and over. I look at the map and it’s obvious that we have a ways to go before our destination. “No, we aren’t there yet, this isn’t our home. We have a bit further to go!”, was the reply.
Note from Kip…
This setting plays out in our mind almost as an axiom. Children are impatient when entrapped in confined spaces waiting for the arrival at a eagerly anticipated destination.
So it is with us. We are God’s children. Our destination is our home with Abba’ Father, Daddy God. Most any picture you’d pain in your mind of this sitting fits our circumstance, as followers of Jesus Christ still bound to this plane of existence.
Our ultimate desitination for most of us is a way’s away.
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Revelation 21:1-3 (HCSB)
As followers of Jesus we all have the same destination. Before Jesus ascended into heaven he told us that he was going to prepare a place for us. So that where He was, we could also be. Not just for a short period of time, but we will live with Him and our Father God throughout eternity.
Eternity is something so difficult for us to wrap our minds around at times. Perhaps it is because we are so familiar with our temporary surroundings.
As we start out in life we have next to nothing but that which our parents have given us. We work and accumulate, building for ourselves accommodations and shelter that makes us comfortable. We feel safe in these places. Walk through the door at the end of the day and there is a feeling of arrival, we are able to disarm ourselves, because the world is left outside. We can relax and take ease for a time, because our daily struggle has had a pause.
In the modern family, that pause may be only an abbreviated one!
But see what we’ve built for ourselves, the things we have gathered up, the things that provide for us this feeling of ‘home’ and accommodation, are nothing more than vapor against the canvas of eternity, and the home that Jesus has waiting for us. We simply aren’t there yet!
Back to the Kids
Back to our analogy for a bit, the trip is shorten and made more enjoyable if we are able to find things to occupy the time of the residence of the back seat.
That’s no different with our Father and the journey we are on through this world with Him.
He has many things that He has planned for us to accomplish along the route and He wants us to be about those tasks.
For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB)
If we pay attention and listen to what He’s telling us, we find out that those plans Daddy God has for us are in fact a lot of fun. We become engaged in them and they ultimately result in our welfare. Subsequently, we know we have a future and anticipate that future with hope as we progress in our journey to our ultimate destination, home!
But what is the alternative to this sitting?
We don’t want to listen to Father. We think we know better and have our own plans. Our plans appear to us to be a lot more fun and what He’s talking about seems like work to us. So we disregard that which He says. We try to find things to occupy our interest. Often what we find places us at odds with Father and he does chastise us for acting out.
In the worst of situations, we take the opportunity to exit the vehicle at a stop and bolt out on our own. Our Father will pursue us, but while we are running seeking that which we think will give us happiness, we are in danger.
We are oblivious to the threats that abound around us. We, time and time again, inflict pain on our Father as we do things that cause disgrace to fall on His family name and injury to our spirit.
Back in the Car
There is an interesting thing about this journey. If we remain in the car, or attempt to escape and run, regardless we still constantly get closer and closer to our destination. This is because our flight from the car was nothing more than an illusion created by our self-will and sinful nature.
When we realize just who Daddy is and that He loves us without reservation, willing to pursue us with determination, and that He has our best interest at heart, we begin to listen to Him more and actually do some of the things that he calls us to do.
It is then that the journey becomes exciting and full of the wonder that only Abba’ Father can show us along the way.
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.
James 1:17-18 (HCSB)
He doesn’t falter or vary in His love for us. His grace is full and complete. There is joy in the journey to our destination. And no, we aren’t there yet!
So, buckle up. Abide in the vehicle of His will for us. Engage in the tasks he provides for us to keep us occupied and remember, it will only be a short while and we will be home!
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
Philippians 3:20-21 (NLT)
We are citizens of heaven where our family lives. We are on our way there now with Daddy God, fully engaged as we abide in the vehicle of His will and grace. If we are willing to do those tasks he calls us to then the journey will be one of great joy and reward and we will not mind the time it takes to get home because we will have so much fun along the way!
Start the car Father, we are ready to go!