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We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. 1 Chronicles 29:15 (NLT)

Some things in life seem like an eternity. Waiting room while  loved on is in surgery; waiting for the doctor’s results; waiting for a phone call from your child (at any age); waiting for the decision by a bank, a judge or the woman you want to marry; waiting for the storm to pass, the waters to recede, the screaming to end; the abuse to stop.

There maybe nothing that is harder than waiting. It won’t make the wait any easier but think on this. God measures time in years, we measure it in minutes, hours and days. The Bible describes our time here as a journey, a pilgrimage in a foreign land where people don’t understand our language or our culture. We are all minorities as Christ-followers.

Our lives are described as but a shadow. The shadow of a mighty oak on a sundrenched day goes slowly, almost without notice. The shadow of a passing plane, bird or wind-whipped cloud goes swiftly and sometimes without notice. All are temporary. All are empty representations of what is real. Some offer comfort and protection, for a time. Others are ominous and warn of lurking danger. But they are all empty representations of what is real.

Take heart weary pilgrim. Though your journey seems long and pointless, your Father sees you and knows the struggle and pain of your journey. The frustration of youth, the concern of middle age, and the struggle of old age will soon pass. They are, as God sees them, a drop in a bucket, a moment in time.

Someday the shadows of our lives will disappear and we will see reality. Someday the wondering and hoping and worrying and questioning will be replaced by the reality of eternity with him. We may never know why our journey takes us the places we go, but we can know that this life is temporary and as Christ-followers, what awaits us is so much better than anything we’ve ever experiences before.

Follow Christ. Live in his grace and forgiveness. This journey you are on, complete with shadows and struggles will soon open itself to eternity with Jesus!

PRAYER: Father God. Sometimes life seems so hard. There are so many questions I have for you. So many times when everything I do seems to run into dead ends. I’m tired of waiting. Tired of worrying. Tired of failing because of my own insecurity. Encourage me with your presence. Empower me with your Spirit. Help me to live my life in the reality that as much as the pain hurts, it’s only temporary. In Jesus name, Amen.

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