August 18, 2021: Forward-Thinking
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I consider myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I am off and running, and I’m not turning back” (Phil. 3:13–14, MSG).
Life is a journey, and it’s important to remember that my spiritual walk is just as important as my destination. Would I prefer life to be worry-free with no more cares, pain or fear of the unknown? Absolutely! However, this text reminds me that even though this life’s journey is riddled with challenges, I can move forward with confidence in Christ. To dwell on yesterday’s failures is not part of God’s plan. Instead, I learn from the past and move forward toward the heavenly prize—home with the Lord. By pressing on, I thrive.
The dark night of the soul can be a nurturing time with the Father. Sometimes we are in conversation; other times we are silent. His quiet love encourages me: “Look in my eyes and see the deep love I have for you.” His presence makes the desert a place of solitude. I am reminded that my pilgrimage is not a scorecard but rather a love relationship with Jesus that He continues to nurture. So when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for He is with me (Psalm 23:4).
Has my voyage with Him reached its zenith with no more room to grow? Not at all. For you see, I’m not the guide. He is.
Lord, may I keep moving forward with You, my Friend. Amen.
Steve Laing is the vice president of Education for the Potomac Conference.