Recently my niece, who has been dealing with cancer for the past two years, sent me this text:
“In my dark times, I cry and ask for help but overall I am just trying to put one step in front of the other, trust in God and be grateful for each day. That is all I can do and need to do.”
Afterwards, I thought that is really all any of us can do, whether we are dealing with a life threatening illness like my niece or day to day stuff such as kids and money we need to put our confidence in God.
When we worry about tomorrow, our future remains unsettled in our hearts.
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God “has set eternity in their heart.”
One meaning for ‘eternity’ is future. There is a God-given awareness inside each of us that there is more to life than what we are currently experiencing in this unstable world.
This verse says humans operate differently because we have a sense of this eternity or future.
Once the question of eternity is settled, this allows us to do what my niece shared. She cries on the dark days, and then she purposefully puts her trust in God and takes life one step at a time.
It is all she can do and needs to do.
And it rings true in my heart because on my dark days I also cry and then I turn to God and put my trust in Him.
Life threatening condition or not each one of must settle the question of eternity. We must look to what our future holds. Once we do that, then we can focus on one day at a time and allow the next day to take care of itself.
The Apostle Paul writes:
Paul understood pain and suffering and if tradition is right, he was eventually beheaded in Rome for his faith. He understood it in the light of eternity and what he endured was just a moment in time.
Staying grounded in the truth of salvation and eternity gives us the authority to walk through each and every day, moment by moment, step by step. Our perspective has changed because we see beyond the momentary afflictions of our daily existence to eternity which is our hope and our future.