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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Praying Dangerously January Week 3

There's an idea I've been wrestling with for some time now that I would love to discuss...

What does it mean to live with eternity in mind? 

The idea both thrills and terrifies me. 

Thrills because it means having my focus on Jesus and living in His peace because I know the end of my story - the second I leave this world, I'll be forever in the presence of my holy and loving God. Until then, somehow my life will make sense, and the ugly and the joyful moments will all mix together to create something beautiful. 

It's the somehow that gets me. 

It scares me because unlike church rules there are no boundaries to living this life. It means staying open to whatever God wants me to do whenever He wants me to do it. And trusting Him alone to take care of me. 

I don't know about you, but that blank check kind of living is hard. It's not my first choice. 

I know it's what surrender means- that God is in charge and I'm not. 

But how do you really live that way? At peace like Jesus in a boat in the midst of a storm. 

I feel like I'm living in the eye of a hurricane right now. It's peaceful at this moment, but something more is coming that could capsize my world. It's how I've lived these last few years. 

I want to be at peace and trust God has it all under control. Because His Word says He does. But it doesn't always look like He does. 

Life doesn't make sense.

How do you live with eternity in mind in the midst of a crazy, uncertain world? 

After years of not knowing what tomorrow will bring, I'd really like a life where I know where my next meal is coming from, that I'll have a roof over my head, where my job is secure and pays the bills, where my kids and I are safe,  where I have medical insurance and can afford my insulin, and where I can serve God in a way that brings joy to others and my heart.

But life's not like that. 

It's messy and unpredictable and unknown. 

The reality is we don't know more than we know. 

Does living with eternity in mind mean not focusing on or ignoring the messy unknown but choosing to look higher? To a reality beyond our five senses? To the things that I know are true because God said they are true?

"So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on the things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:18

What does living with eternity in mind mean?

I hope you'll join me in this dialogue. I want to learn more. You all have so much to teach.


Judy said...

Messy, that's how life is. A friend gave me a folder from a retreat she had gone to and on it was printed the Taprestry story - about how the messy threads underneath (I think that's what it says) are all we see, but God sees the top, the beautiful finished product.
Blessings to you and your children....

Amy Wallace said...

I love the image of the tapestry- all the messy threads somehow blend together to create a beautiful masterpiece. That's what we are... beautiful messes and masterpieces. ;-)

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