Each day that I am blessed to wake up is a new one. I have reached the age now where I am learning to accept the fact that if things didn’t work out yesterday then it’s still going to be OK. Because after all yesterday is gone, there is nothing that I can do to change it. It’s not like I have the ability to press a redo button to go back to yesterday.
Over this lifetime of mine I like most people have experienced the best of times and certainly the worst of times. But if the truth were to be told, when I stop to look back over my life I have much to be grateful for. No, I haven’t always gotten everything that I wanted. Now when I stop to think about, getting everything that I wanted would have been the wrong thing for me. How blessed I am that God made sure that He provided me with what I needed and not what I wanted.
In the present age I am discovering something about myself. Those things that I thought were so important to me years ago; really don’t matter that much at all. Once upon a time my dream was to have that car that would make everyone stop and envy me. Now a car is about getting me from point A to point B.
I said that I would have a house that would be the talk of the neighborhood. Now it’s simply a matter of being grateful that I have a house that is my home, not because of the size and image of it, but because of who is a part of my house and knowing that if it had not been for the Lord, I wouldn’t even have the home that I have.
With the passage of time and the benefit of wisdom, I am reminded of a phrase that a friend of mine would always quote. He called it progressive revelation. The basis of progressive revelation to me is the reality that over the passage of time, the presence of the Holy Spirit reveals to us the essence of what is really important.
It isn’t about the material things that we have. Those will come and go. As often is the case we find that the things of this world will only make us happy up to a certain point. We will because of who the creator is always have a longing for more, for something that really counts most of all.
Nothing in and of this world will ever satisfy us to the point that our relationship with God will. As we have been made in His image, it was done so not merely with the intent of us being His creation only, but it was done so with the purpose of us as the scriptures tells us to seek ye first the kingdom, and all these things will be added unto you.
I am reminded of the words from Matthew 6:25-26 that informs us that life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. This life is a one time thing. We are here but for a short time, we are as James 4:14 states but a vapor that appeared for a little time and then vanished away.
As we continue down this road in our Christian journey, will we do so with an appreciation of whose we are, and the perspective of what really matters? As for me, what really matters is my relationship with the Lord. To have as the songwriter wrote, just a closer walk with thee. I want to be as such under the shadow of His wing, to be a better Christian, to be the person that the Lord calls me to be. When you get right down to it, in my perspective that is what really matters the most.
To God Be the Glory
Alan T. Black