When the gardens bloom in the spring and summer, so do the photos and images just about everywhere. We love our flowers. We love the color. Perhaps it is because the colorless winter lasts so long. We have a need to capture as many beautiful, colorful blossom images that we can for those dull days yet to come. Our flowers are here today and, literally, gone tomorrow.
Flowers are transient.
We know it.
We all spend times looking back. We see the things we regret. We see the mistakes we’ve made. Maybe sometimes we even see where there were victories.
Perhaps there are regrets, or things we might have changed. But God knows where every decision and action would take us in life, and He has prepared for those very places. Every step has been vetted by Him before we even walk them.
We can’t change what is bygone. But we can trust how God will fashion us and our lives in spite of our past.
He is vitally interested in us. At any stage of our lives.
There is a time limit to looking backward. It’s that transient thing again. You just can’t go forward so long as you keep glancing over your shoulder. Life is lived by having learned from what has gone before and moving into the future in daily doses.
He has more ahead of us. He calls us to live a life of adventure with Him.
As long as we breathe on this earth, Jesus has purpose and discovery in front of us.
He has explained that He will come back for us when the time is right.
Live like Jesus is returning.
Many of us have studied and searched into our gifts – spiritual and temporal. He has equipped every one of us to do the tasks He has called us to do.
And what are we called to? Simply to do the next things He presents to us every day.
So, meantime while we wait for Jesus to return, we are to occupy until He comes. Live our lives to worship God, love one another, and finish the tasks He has given us.
Time is transient.
Occupy until He comes.
Time with Jesus is eternal.
“So, he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,” he said, ‘until I come back’” (Luke 19:13 NIV).