“Do not let your hearts be troubled. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1a, 2)
The group setting was small. The person guiding our discussion was emphasizing the importance of maintaining one’s target heart rate to get the benefit of exercise work outs. That is not possible for me! God quieted these internal stirrings and redirected my thoughts.
I wondered, “How is my spiritual target heart rate these days? Am I focusing on the One who holds the plan for my life where physical exertion has to be at a minimum?”
Yes, He is preparing an eternal place for me. Some say it will be a mansion! Yet His Spirit dwells within me now. My earthly home needs my attention as well as His. In the now, I am building towards a further plan that will be revealed in eternity.
Living with multiple challenges – some chronic – it is easy to slip into lethargy, even jealousy. I view others whose lives are unchallenged in the ways that mine is. I need God to build me up when my mind starts churning, attempting to tear me down, bringing disrespect within his temple.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” If I dwell within negative thoughts, I am not on target with Christ at my center. My problems become the center. They cannot be denied but they do not identify me. Christ does.
Following where He leads, I don’t want to trip over any clutter. I want to live in the “now” as it builds towards the future. I want the target that is filled with Him and His purposes to count the most.
How are you doing as you tend to your earthly home, letting God work on that mansion yet to come?
Prayer: Lord, Your building plans for me are perfect. Help me to keep my focus clear and steady–on target with You in the here and now. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She is a retired elementary classroom teacher. Lynn writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 28 years of living with daily physical challenges.