Tim Douglas: Are we there yet?
July 29, 2011
Wow, summer has finally arrived and that means camping, fishing, hiking, golf, softball, baseball and many other outdoor activities.
Of course, summer also means road trips for vacation.
I recently took my brother and 9-year-old nephew back to Denver to fly home to Texas.
As we were traveling the few hours to Denver, at various times my nephew would comment, "Where are we now, Daddy?"
His father would update him on our location and estimate the time we would arrive at
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Several times, my brother guessed the time arrival to my nephew, and he replied, "Daddy, you told me 30 minutes 30 minutes ago."
Every parent is familiar with the question, "Are we there yet?" Children can't really differentiate between 10 minutes and an hour.
As I reflected on, "Are we there yet?" I thought about us Christian believers and our uncertainty about when we will "arrive," so to speak.
When will life end or Jesus come back? The Bible tells us in Matthew 24 that we do not know when Jesus will come back.
Matthew 24:40-44 (NIV):
40: Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
41: Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42: "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
43: But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
44: So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
The Apostle Paul stated in Philippians 3 that he had not attained everything that God had for him so he would keep moving forward in his relationship with Jesus Christ.
Paul says he is forgetting the past and pressing forward toward what God has for him.
Another way to interpret what Paul was saying is that Paul understood he had not "arrived" at his destination, heaven.
And even though he may have made a mistake yesterday he will ask forgiveness and continue on his spiritual journey because his destination was going to be beyond his wildest imagination.
I know sometimes I feel like asking, "Are we there yet, Daddy?" to my heavenly Father.
We do get tired along the road trip. But we must constantly be reminded that our heavenly Father, Abba, daddy, is with us on this road trip through life.
If your spiritual road is getting hot, long, boring and seems to have a lot of construction delays, just remember God invites us to "Cast all our care upon him, for he cares for us." (1 Peter 5:7)
My hope is that you will find a church family to worship with each week and share this spiritual road trip we are all on because we are not there yet.