But they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40-31).
Let’s face it, we all get impatient when life seems to stand still. Think about the next time that you’re running late and at a stoplight. You mentally pace back and forth, looking at your watch and the bold red light that is glaring at you. As always seems to happen, every other direction of cars is allowed to move forward, so you wait, impatiently looking to see if there’s enough room between the curb and your next alley to beat the traffic light. You’ll go through every parking lot known to man if it will shave off even 10 seconds from your trip. But it never fails, by the time you have dodged all of the parking lot speeders, you meet yet another stop light with someone in front of you trying to turn left, instead of right, so, you guessed it, you wait.
After the original line of cars that you tried to get around, goes through, you are finally on your way, only to be stopped by a train, or a detour, or whatever else that stops you from making any progress, to reach your destination. Net gain in time, minus two minutes and an out of control stress level.
We spend so much time rushing to get to our future destination, that we don’t even realize what a wonderful place we are in at this moment in time. It’s time to slow down and enjoy the journey. The journey may not always be pleasant, and certainly not without tears shed; however, every journey if carefully considered will reap fresh insights into the direction that the Lord is leading us through in the next step we will take. Each time we focus on our present, we gain strength to face an uncertain future.
I wish to have no regrets at the end of my journey. You’ve heard the saying to “Stop and smell the roses,” well, I believe we need to stop more often than just to smell the roses; we need to also stop to recognize our family that we often take for granted that they’ll always be there. It doesn’t hurt to plan for the future, but let’s not get so tangled up in worrying over the future, that we fail to make provision for the present. We are living in the present tense. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, today.