As summer fades into fall, we often feel melancholy about what has been. We have to let go of the summer memories, the carefree moment, the warmth, and the simple pleasures. Many of us anticipate fall and the crisp air, the beautiful colors, and the aroma of autumn.
This year though, we find ourselves having a bit more trepidation about the future. Ever since the Spring it seems the future is more uncertain than before.
The truth is, our earthly futures have always been uncertain. We just feel it more now because of the circumstances. Many of us feel an undercurrent of angst and even fear. We just don’t know what is to come. There is not quite as much excitement about the next season as before.
But for the Christian, we have a certain future. We have a hope and a promise of a future glory. Not here on earth. Not in any season. Not in any circumstance. But in the promise that there is a glory to come that is far greater than any earthly certainty.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8:18-23 NKJV
As Christians we have a great hope. We know that one day all of this pain and suffering and all of the unknowns will be forever wiped away. We will be in the presence of our Savior. Forever. It is like we know the end of the movie, we just don’t know how we will get there. The scenes in between have yet to be played. But we know the glorious ending! And it is worth it.
So rather than fret and and let anxiety creep in about what is to come, we can focus on what is certain to come. The future Glory that awaits us. It is promised to us.
All of the things that happen here on earth can never take that away from us. The can only lead us toward that glorious day. Each day moves us one step closer.
Yet, we get stuck on the here and now because we are humans in the flesh. We are stuck now between heaven and earth. Oh, but the joy that awaits us when we are no longer bound by sin and flesh, but we are free forever in heaven.
Jesus will return. Whether in our lifetime or beyond. We know it as fact. And we eagerly await the redemption of this earth.
Today, remember your future glory. Ask the Lord to help you focus on the here and now through the lens of what is to come. It will settle your soul of uncertainness and give you hope for each tomorrow.
Blessings and Joy,
About this Contributor
Karen DeBeus is a homeschooling mom learning to live more simply and keep God at the center of it all. She is the author of three best-selling homeschooling books and writes at Simply Living for Him. She speaks nationally at homeschooling conventions and recently was a speaker at the Bible Family Conference in Washington, DC. Her passion is to help others clear the clutter from their lives, seek God first, and to encourage women and families to get in the Word every day. In 2016, she founded the Simply Living for Him Retreat, which is a time of rest and renewal for all women seeking Jesus. She enjoys life on her hobby farm with her husband and four children. Together they are a work-at-home family pursuing a simple life with purpose and, above all, seeking to glorify God in all they do.