Your life on earth is but a season
The end of the year is always busy and it seems as if it gets busier every year. Everything must get done before we can switch off and rest. That is, if you’re indeed lucky enough to get away. We can’t wait to finish and weeks before the time we start dreaming of the relaxing holiday that awaits us. Every day my daughter comes and tells me she can’t study anymore, because her mind is already at that place where we can rest and play in the sun. She can already hear the waves breaking on the beach, she says eventually.
Yes, if you’re privileged enough to be able to and relax a little, you look forward so much to the day when you can lock the door behind you and get going to that place where you can rest.
The question that I’ve recently been struggling with is whether we also look forward to the day that Jesus will come again. Are we as excited to leave everything to get to our eternal rest or do we actually want to stay here some more?
Let’s be honest with one another and admit that we’re not always that excited while waiting for Jesus to come again from heaven. Yes, we know we’re going to God the day we leave earth. We know our place has been prepared, but are we really looking forward to closing the door here on earth and walking into Jesus’ arms?
The people of Thessalonica could hardly wait: 10They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.
I can sort of understand why we don’t feel the same sense of excitement – it’s because we don’t like surprises. We don’t like the unknown and rather cling to what is familiar. We’re actually quite content here on earth and enjoy being with our loved ones. There’s nothing wrong with this. That is how God made us.
But we must always be aware that our stay on earth is temporary. It is just one season of our existence and we know that every season has a beginning and an end. We cannot let our roots grow too deep into our earthly life, because the time will come that we’ll be transplanted.
I was driving in our town in heavy traffic. As I drove down a side street, I arrived at the reason for the traffic congestion: A Grade 10 schoolboy’s motorcycle had slid from under him. He ended up underneath a truck. His season came to an end right there.
I wonder whether he was excited to meet his Saviour?
This is a wakeup call for all of us, so that we can make sure where our minds are. We must realise that we’re actually in a transit camp here on earth. This place where we are now is simply a space where we need to choose for or against God.
The real season of our lives starts after this. And that is where we will experience real peace and joy. There where we will be living in the presence of god, we’ll find real rest. Indeed, a life and a season to look forward to.
Go and live like that!
How much do you cling to earth?
Are you living as if your season has an end?
What do you have to change to look forward to Jesus’ coming?
Father, I realise again that I’m far too settled in my life here on earth. The knowledge that this season will be coming to an end sometime is actually not so nice to acknowledge. But I do know that to meet my Saviour face-to-face one day is the first prize. Please help me to make some changes in my life so that I will look forward to that. Amen.