Blog Days of Summer
Longing for Forever
At my age, more than ever, I find myself yearning for security. Desperate for long term stability. I guess when I was young, I thought by the time I hit this age, I’d be living some of my dreams, coasting along enjoying a life I constructed . . . I would have arrived.
From the perspective of my 20’s, I saw these years full of a brilliant career, a family gathering around, and realized dreams – writing, teaching, inspiring, creating, entertaining.
Now, before I depress you, some of these things listed above are true. I have a career, it may not be the one I saw myself in, but nonetheless, in this economy and these times, I have a pretty good job. As for family? I have the most loving, supportive, loyal family for which one could ask. And my dreams? I am writing, teaching, creating and hoping that I inspire and entertain. I am just missing things, you know, things I want or saw myself doing. A life closer to the one I dreamed of years ago. . .
Okay, the point: I’ve been thinking today that what is missing from my life right now may not be security or stability, but rather: Forever. Heaven. I think the dreams I had when younger, may have been of heaven not of earth. Eternal career, eternal family, Forever with the Father. Somehow, I long for Forever so deeply, I transfer that need to earthly ideas and goals, thinking that if I just find Mr. Right or publish my novel, learn the guitar or have more children in my life that I will be fulfilled somehow. . .maybe. Maybe not. Maybe I’m just longing for Forever.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
So today, as you ache over unrealized dreams -- the fact that you are not published, or haven’t exercised enough to get that killer body, or found your soul mate, or maybe just found happiness with your current mate – give some thought to forever. This life is fleeting, and He has set eternity in our hearts. Enjoy your life as it is, for forever is coming. He promised. I know that's what I will try to do.
James 4:14 Your life is like the morning fog--it's here a little while, then it's gone.
What are your thoughts?