“yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a midst that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14 (ESV)
I was able to visit with a few friends from college this weekend, and it felt like stepping into a time machine. Isn’t it strange that when you see a good friend after a long period of time, it feels as though no time has passed at all? But then again, so much has happened in each of your lives.
At one point as we were discussing old memories, I became sad and found myself wishing I could go back. Those times were so much simpler, I thought. In a few ways, my undergraduate years in college were much easier; however, I was not a Christian then, and was not walking with the Lord. I would never want to relive that despite Satan trying to remind me of the “fun” times. I was constantly trying to quench my need for “more”, and I have surely found where “More” is. Glory to God that He saved me and allowed me to taste the living water of Jesus our Lord. He is the only thing that satisfies.
I decided to journal through my emotions that night and our Sovereign Lord lifted my face up to Him. It made me realize how fast our lives fly by, how many things change, and how many people we encounter. It was a scary realization. However, God covered me in peace after He reminded me that He is steadfast, unchanging, and immovable. That is such a comforting truth, and it definitely showed me (once again) where my focus should be. The point is that we don’t ground ourselves with things that will fade away and perish with the rest of the world, but that we hold fast to the hope we have that Jesus will come again and bring us with Him to our forever home. We also find rest in that God’s character never changes and He keeps His promises; that is where our trust lies.
I’m so thankful I have Christ to cling to as my solid rock while our lives constantly change and as the hands on the clock continue to move without my consent. Comfort finds me when I realize that no matter what the Lord gives and takes away, no matter where I am, or what I’m doing, I will always have my relationship with God. Our relationship will continue to grow deeper as long as I seek the Lord and am willing to follow Him with my whole heart.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
The world will always offer us material things that will slip through our fingers. We live for the latest trends, the newest products, the most thrilling experiences, and human relationships that we are convinced will fulfill us. Yet, when we have Christ, our contentment doesn’t rely on those things. In fact, the Lord will correct us if those things do become idols, because we serve a jealous God. And that isn’t something to be upset about. He only wants to give Himself to us because He is the best thing He could give us and He is what we need.
I’m thankful that the Lord has blessed me with an abundant life with many good memories. It just sheds more light on how abundant His grace is and how many good things He pours out on us despite what we should deserve.
There’s nothing wrong with remembering old times, but we must not live there. Set your eyes on the mission. Time is passing quickly. He’s given you everything you need today to do the work He planned for you; therefore, you can walk confidently with Him rather than worrying you need those things from your past back.