In The Meantime

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34
I once read a poem by Cameron M. Scott that I found both intriguing and interesting. It reads: “There is always something to do, some place to be, something to see, someone to be. A mountain to climb, a path to take, a journey to make. The future always holds a promise. A goal, a dream, something that gives us hope. Something that helps us cope. The moon and stars eternally wait. And of course, there is always heaven’s gate. But if you live your life waiting for something to come around, you will miss the special moments and the people that surround.”
It continues, “So in the meantime, keep your focus in the present state. Enjoy the struggle, share with others, and realize that we are all brothers. Open your eyes, clear your mind, be no longer blind. Soon you will learn to love the daily grind. Life is short; enjoy all of your hours. Along the path, take time to smell the flowers. Judgment day will surely come, in the meantime march to your own drum. We will all be together again, sometime, someplace, somehow. Until that day, live your life in the now. So, when times are tough; and the road ahead seems rough, remind yourself to relish the climb; because life is lived in the meantime!”
I thought about that poem as I reflected on the struggle we face as we ponder where we are in light of where we want to be. We want to be there, but the reality is we are right here. We want to be the CEO in the future, but we are the field manager right now. We want to be retired, spending our days fishing on a yacht; but we still have work 60-hour weeks and haven’t had a vacation in years. We want to be in a happy, healthy, edifying relationship, but we find ourselves constantly swiping left on a dating app at 50.
The distance between where we are and where we want to be is what I call “the meantime.” As you read this, do you find yourself waiting “in the meantime?” Are you content with where you are, or do you just long for the destination? Do not skip over these days, God wants you to find joy in the journey!
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