The Promised Land…

I have been in a funk lately. I think a lot of it stems from anxiety about the sale of our house. It has been on the market for a few months now without much interest. I have been looking forward to the financial stress that will be lifted the moment we sell it… even if it is just for a little while.  For months I have been looking ahead to the promised land, while feeling like I was trapped in the moments that are leading us there. Waiting, biding time, anxiously dreaming of the tomorrows that just will not seem to come.
But yesterday, something very amazing happened. As my wife and I were heading to a counseling session, (who knew we didn’t have the perfect marriage?), I was thinking of how things would probably go. It was then out of nowhere that the Holy Spirit hit me with a very profound truth.
Robby you are already there.
I thought… where??
The promised land. You are already there.
Because right now you are blessed to be alive. It is only by my grace that I have allowed that to happen.
Because right now you have a wonderful woman, sitting by your side. I sent her to you.
Because right now you are loved by many who call you dad or step dad or just plain old Robby. They all love you immensely whether they will ever say the words or not. I gave them to you.
Because right now you have a job that pays you well. I also gave that to you.
Right now is the promised land of this life for you. Because you are right where I want you to be.
It was at the exact moment I realized just how far from God my heart has been lately. My focus and perspective have been in the future when I was never commanded to live there.  I have had hurts, hangups, addictions, over the course of my life but none of them compare to a problem of the heart. Because when your heart starts getting far from God you will lose focus on His blessings. You will become ungrateful for the things in your life that really matter. I believe it is just a matter of time before He will use a weakness to bring you back to the start again.
I seem to get to start over a lot. Praise God.
So today I want to say God please forgive me for not being grateful for what I have. It is plenty. It is more than enough. Whether we ever sell this house or not.  And maybe the reality is our lives will be less stressful once do. But that doesn’t change the fact that..
Right now is the time to love those around me.
Right now is the time to cherish them.
Right now is the time to live.
Let us all quit letting the anxiety of tomorrow steal the joys of today…
Matthew 6:34
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

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