Horizons

All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6,8

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Matthew 24:35

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Sunset as seen from our cruise cabin. May 2018

Several years ago I got an app for my phone that provided a countdown in months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds to a special vacation Diane and I were planning. It had a photo I had taken from a previous cruise of the water trail from the back of the boat. To that point it shows a waning horizon. It displays were we’ve been, but at the same time offers a reminder of where we will have been in the coming days.

The word of God provides both a where we’ve been horizon as well as a where we are yet to go horizon. The where we’ve been is important. We are called to remember where God has acted in our lives. This is especially true of remembering his great acts of deliverance. The Exodus. Daniel and his friends in the fiery furnace. The blind man given sight. The little girl raised from near death. The resurrection of Jesus – the greatest act of deliverance of all.

But we move forward in life. We have a future, a hope, and a calling that invites us to look forward. The look forward as a child of God, however, is beyond the horizon of a future cruise, special anniversary, or any other life event. Our look forward propels us beyond the visible horizon and provides impetus to move with confidence and purpose beyond our own benefit or personal achievement.

A friend of mine spoke once of a fellow pastor nearing the end of his active ministerial career. Of this man he said, “His is the longest slide toward home I’ve ever seen.” Whatever he meant by that, I decided then and there not to slide toward any horizon – be it retirement, church program, or personal goal. I want to keep an eternal perspective toward the future God has for me. To do that I must embrace the Word of God, and let that inform my horizons’ goals and my hopes.

 

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