LOOKING BEYOND THE HORIZON
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdomand his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
If I could have a nickel for every time someone asked me if I could tell the future. It's hard to believe how much we want to look into the future and know that everything is going to be ok. We feel that if we knew what was going to happen to us, then we would be able to live with less stress or worry. We would be able to step into life without blinders and know that everything is going to work out for the best. But it blows my mind that we really believe that if we knew the day and time of our last breath, we would really go and live life differently. That if we knew that we only had a certain amount of time to change the world, we honestly try to tell ourselves that we would start tomorrow making a difference that would change the world. If that is truly your stance, then I pray that you get started now, because we have already wasted to many days that we could have already impacted the world for God.
We all dream of what tomorrow will bring. And with each person I meet, I continue to encourage them that God has a perfect plan for all of us, even if it is not fully revealed all at once. See we live a life of horizons. With each new day and each passing moment the horizon of tomorrow passes us by and lands as the horizon of yesterday. The image is unbelievable to truly see. If we could live our life like a movie and flashback and flash forward to the scenes that would show us the opportunities that we missed that were right in front of us and the results at the end of the day, I think that our minds would be completely blown. We would be able to see that with every moment, a horizon of opportunity passes us
by that connects the past, present and future together with a common thread that continues to be revealed throughout our lives. Do you not think that it is funny that we seem to continue to repeat certain mistakes in our lives. For many of us we find ourselves caught in patterns because we have not been capable of moving to the next stage in life until we pass this horizon. Horizons are points in our lives that mark spiritual markers in our journey. Horizons connect the different parts of our lives that deal with knowledge, growth, failure and discernment. Where we stand in this one place that reflects all three points of time- past, present and future- in such a way that we could either be trapped to repeat or pressed to move forward. The present denotes the time in which the decision must be made that will either lead us to repeat the horizon from the previous day or push forward to step into the new horizon of tomorrow.
In our spiritual lives these horizons are always present. See what Jesus says in our scripture today, "31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. We are to stop worrying about controlling our life and time. We are to stop doing anything more than recognizing that the Creator of it all is in control and wants to carry us along for the journey. God has a plan and that new horizon continues to include those who are humble and willing to step out of control and into a solid faith built on blind sight and trust. The transition will always be difficult because we are letting go of the thing that we think we control in hopes of receiving more freedom than we can even imagine. Life's horizons are life markers. They continue to mark the battles that we have overcome and the our personal ability to be stretched in new ways. Life's horizons are not always clear at first glance, but the closer we move towards the line, the more it comes into focus. And once we cross the line, we are able to look back and see everything in perfect focus that we could not see before. It's crazy that sometimes it takes stepping into the horizon to be able to fully see the picture in its' entirety.
So I am challenging us all to walk by faith and not by sight today. As we continue to move into new horizons, may we have the faith to stretch our boarders in life. With each horizon that we are able to cross on this spiritual journey, I pray that the worry dissipates and our trust in God grows stronger. I pray that in the moments of uncertainty, we will continue to build on the lessons we have learned from the faith horizons we have already crossed. Where tomorrow meet yesterday is TODAY and we have such an opportunity to impact the
world if we will just take one more faith step into the unknown. Each step will be different and some horizons that we will face will be more difficult than others. But in the end, we will look back and see clearly the path that God has been directing us on every step of the way. We just have to stop hanging on to something that we think we have control of and that is time. The only time that we control are the seconds that continue to pass us by, and by that time it is already to late. As I wake up today to see the horrific signs of how far we have fallen in this world, I pray that we take a moment, step past this evil that exists and realize the traps that continually show up to hinder us to step into tomorrow. Step into the day with a passion to meet the horizon, and if any of us are lucky, we just might make it.