When Are We Going to Get There?

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18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:18-25 (ESV)

I was the kid in the backseat who asked, every 20 miles, When are we going to get there?  We drove 1,000 miles to Long Island, NY, to visit my aunt and uncle.  Do the math.  I asked that question over-and-over for two reasons:  one—the drive was long often tedious; and two—I couldn’t wait to see my aunt and uncle.

When it comes to my earthly journey, I haven’t changed much.  I often ask Jesus, When are we going to get there?  You see, there are times this journey is tedious.  Our culture is becoming more unchristian.  I see the painful results of natural disasters.  We seem to always stand on the edge of war.  My own shortcomings and failures impact me in such a negative way.

St. Paul reminds us that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  Each time I read this passage I find myself longing for the Lord’s return.  But each time I read, But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience, I am reminded that the Lord has more for me to do here.

It’s coming!  The gift of perfect life is coming!  We’re almost there!  But not quite.  While we wait—we work.  We serve the Lord by serving one another…all the while longing to get there.

O Holy Spirit, give me patience that I may stand firm in faith as I await the gift of heaven.  Be with me to give me patience.  Assist me that I may use my God-given gifts as I walk through this life.  Amen.  

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