“ARE WE THERE YET?
I actually don’t know if children ask this question any more. With phones and “tablets” and in-car DVD screens and computer games of all sorts for every age to amuse and distract, most heads are down and completely absorbed by one of the above. Will a future generation be able to find their way from A to B (without Google Maps) because they’ve never looked out of the window, never wondered where they are, what’s over that hill or up that road, never remembered any of their locality because they’ve been successfully distracted and amused? So where is this going? (It’s not a campaign against screens.)
Have you ever asked your Father in Heaven, “Are we there yet?” Would you be game? What might He say? Or do you know the answer and that’s why you wouldn’t be game to ask?
Our “good, good Father” “has made known to us the path of life” Ps. 16:11, 103:7, Acts 2:28. “He knows the ways He has for us….” “True light that gives light to every man was coming into the world”. John 1:9. So we’re not left in the dark, we’re not left wondering. There is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” John 14:6, Jesus – “Emmanuel…God with us” Matt.1:23. This is amazing! “The Lord has done this and it is marvellous in our eyes”. Ps.118:23, Mark 12:11.
Like children and young people of our time we can be distracted and amused, unaware of the journey and the opportunity to know who we are, where we are, where we’re going and how we’re to get there. Perhaps we’re not as amazed at our “high calling”, or so amazed by grace, or constrained and “compelled by love” – perhaps the distractions and amusements of this world have got our attention and are so absorbing that they’ve subtly become our priority. How dare anybody challenge that!
“A wonderful Saviour is Jesus, my Lord, a wonderful Saviour to me”. We need to wonder again and be amazed, “set our hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” Col 3:1.
The old apostle, having encountered this marvellous One, Jesus, does an honest comparison. All he’d pursued, thought worthwhile and was satisfied in, was a pile of manure “compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ”. Phil.3:7-
“Am I there yet?” No, “But I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus (His wonderful Messiah and saving Lord) took hold of me”. 3:12-15. The wisdom of years demands the same view. 3:15. “Are we there yet?”.
Perhaps it’s time to ask the question and perhaps it’s time to see afresh the amazing purposes of God, the journey He’s got us on. Perhaps it’s time to consider the distractions as rubbish and be on this amazing journey, reflecting the Glory of God. Are we there yet?