All of us at some point have been in a “temporary situation.” In between jobs; in between homes; in between relationships. It can be a frightening place to be–your mind races with all of the “what ifs”. But it can also be a rewarding place–to reflect on how you got to where you are, to learn lessons from the experience, to decide on a path for the future.
We’re all in a temporary situation. This life is temporary. We’ve got a limited amount of time, because someday we will die. Therefore, we’ve got choices to make about what we’ll do with our life. Psalm 103 addresses our temporary situation. Look what the author writes in Psalm 103:15-18,
As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more; and its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant, and who remember His precepts to do them.
As we journey on through this temporary situation of life, sometimes it becomes hard to see God’s love and mercy. I recently had a conversation with a friend who told me he had walked away from the church, and was in the process of totally walking away from Christianity. My friend had been a preacher for years. Some bad experiences at several churches over the course of a decade lad him to a crossroads in his life. He decided to walk away and find something else. It seems as if he couldn’t see God’s love and mercy in his situation, so he decided to turn around and walk away. It was one of the toughest conversations of my life. I love my friend dearly, and I’m still broken from that conversation.
But I also know of people who’ve had it much worse, who’ve been tortured and beaten for their faith, whose wives have been raped before their very eyes, whose families have been killed… and their faith has only been strengthened. They chose to, as the author of Psalm 103 wrote, “keep His covenant.”
What’s the difference? We could spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the elements of each situation, and what would cause one person to walk away from Christ would cause another to walk closer to Christ. Each person decides which path they will walk, which journey they will take during this temporary situation we’re all in.
As for myself, I continue to see God’s lovingkindness in my life and the lives of others. People who were formerly far from God have found Jesus and are learning to live the Jesus life. It’s kind of like letting a one year old run around without diapers sometimes, but the changes that I see are amazing. In my life, God is pressing me on issues within my life that need to be addressed–anger, materialism, and things of that nature. I’m seeing what it really means to keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. It’s not easy. It requires change. But it brings great blessing when I do.
May we all do what God has called us to do in the short time that we have.