This morning I was listening to music from the 80’s (specifically, “Take On Me” by a-ha) when I was reminded of all the things I used to worry about (e.g. Would I make it through college? Would I find someone and get married? Would I be able to land a job?) It occurred to me that none of my fears from back then had been warranted. I wish there was some way that I could tell myself (the me of the 80’s) not to worry and that everything was going to turn out fine. Later it occurred to me that when this life is complete and I’ve crossed into the life to come, I’ll look back and realize that I really didn’t have anything to worry about. Then it occurred to me that God seeks to give the exact same assurance to the me of the here and now. And I had this profound, Spirit-given experience of the peace that surpasses all understanding.
It’s not that I believe that God intervenes to make sure nothing goes wrong for Christians, that all the roads are smooth and all troubles and difficulties eliminated, it’s rather that God has promised to be with us through anything the world can throw at us and that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.”
The me of right now would like to tell the me of the 80’s not to worry, the me of the future will undoubtedly like to tell the me of the here and now the same thing and the God of back then, here and now, and the yet to come whispers the same promise.