Are we there yet? It’s an exhausting question both for the asker and the ask-ee.
The short answer is “No.”
However, you might be surprised by the long answer.
I’ve been thinking about this question for awhile and wondering: Where exactly is ‘there’? Is there when we have no more sickness in the world? Is there when every person who wants to finally take a vacation gets to? Is there when our favorite football team is playing again?
As I ponder this, I have come to the conclusion that if I wait on there to be a perfect place or scenario, I might be waiting a long time. This has led to me ask a new question instead, “Am I here yet?” Because what if there is actually here? If it is, gosh, I don’t want to miss it!
Truthfully, at the moment, my life isn’t looking exactly like I thought. I’m not planning a vacation, I’m not visiting my sweet niece on her second birthday and I’m not spending hours at my beloved local coffee shop with friends. However, just yesterday, three of the most amazing gals came here – to my house for worship. Last night, my husband and I spent our here with longtime family friends and our new puppies enjoying a play date. And this morning my here was a wonderful telephone conversation with my sister that I normally would not have had on a Monday morning.
So the long answer to “Are we there yet?” is: I don’t know because I don’t know where there is anymore. I’m trusting God with my here. Perhaps this is what He wanted me to notice all along: moments not just events.
When I asked God to help me live in the here, he took me to Romans 8:
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along,” Romans 8:26 (MSG).
“I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us,” Romans 8:39 (MSG).
No matter where I may be, his love is HERE –everyday. For me, that’s a powerful promise.
Cindy J Thomson says
Yes, very powerful! Such wonderful insights. Thanks! 💕
Kathi Hofbauer says
I always love your teaching!. Being “in the present” not to miss a thing is a lost art or I would say is a tactic from the enemy to have us think the present isn’t good enough.
Miss you friend!. Wishing you all the “here or present” best!!
Jane Ann Welch says
Susan , I am always so excited to hear from you. I need to call and just catch up on you and yours. This is certainly an interesting time in our country. Isn’t it wonderful to know and remember that our trust in God is sufficient. I feel so safe in His plan, His care, and His complete provision. Thanks for including me. I miss seeing you.
That is beautiful! And so true. David and I needed to hear every word. God bless!
Katherine Cosgrove Van Horn says
Thanks for your words. Living and Loving in the now. One day at a time, Sweet Jesus.
Amen sister! You always say it
so well… thank you for sharing
Ruth Torbert says
Thank you for waking me up to here and now! The Father of Lies love to inject our lives with the present not being “goof enough”. Thank you Lord, for you great care and supply of enough for today. In Jesus name. Amen.
Spot on and just what I needed today. Thank you!
Kolkhorst Char says
First of all I miss you!!! I love the part where you said if I wait on there for the perfect place or Scenario I might be waiting a long time. I will plan to focus on the here and trust that everything will work out in God’s timing.❤️
Beautiful reminder. Today I will treasure living “here”. Your words are inspiration for us all.