Most of us have a memory or two of family trips we took when we were children. Excitement filled our hearts as we left on our journey. Then, after awhile, boredom and restlessness set in and everyone becomes anxious and angry and we begging to wonder why we ever left home. No matter where we were going or how long it took, someone would ask the question, “Are we there yet?” It is a question that is handed down from one generation to the next and one family to another. It’s part of life and every family vacation.
And the answer was and still is the same: “Almost” or “Not yet.” It can remind us of the fact that life is indeed a journey and we are never sure where or when it will end.
It is difficult to face the uncertainties of life wondering when there will be some final resolution to the issues that surround us and threaten us constantly. We are troubled when we see injustice and feel deceived. We want to be free from the fear and threat of terrorism and enjoy the reign of peace and joy. We hear of wars and rumors of wars. We are forced to face the fact that conflict and crises pervade our world and disturb our lives. And the peace that the leaders of this world promise us, never comes. Never!
So we call on God and ask, “Are we there yet? Is it time for Your return?” And He answers, “Almost. Not yet. My time has not come. You and I still have work to do.”
We as Christians have His light in this darkness and His hope in the midst of despair. It is our responsibility to share the gifts of His love and light, healing and hope, peace and presence, grace and gifts with others so they can pray with us: Come, Lord Jesus -come!
Prayer: Father, thank Your for Your mercy that saves us, Your grace to sustain us, Your peace that is alive within us, and Your hope that encourages us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Psalm 88:1, 2 Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.