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.