Escape to Reality
“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When faced with disappointments, thinking all is lost, See them all as blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done,” so reads the first verse of a familiar hymn, italics mine.
Likewise with me, sailing my voyage “upon life’s [sometimes turbulent] billows.” I’ve harbored three disappointments, yet realizing the blessing in them all, docked here in reverse order of importance:
The Disappointed Blessings
1. My lack of a substantial “financial portfolio,” as generally, I gather, that’s what most people do, or suppose to do, in working at their “chosen” career, to save up for those “golden years.” But nevertheless, with me, the lack of such is still a blessing, as God says to me, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you, as I have been doing through all your days.” (See Matthew 6:25-34.)
2. My not having known what it’s like to have a family of my own. (That meaning, I've never been married. Being so is the only true way -- God's way -- a man can have a family, he joined together with his wife. Again, that too is a blessing, as, again, as well, God says to me, “Don’t worry, you are able more so now to give fuller concentrated care to my cause.” (See 1 Corinthians 7:31-33; Matthew 6:33.) As well, I have a "forever" family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, not just in this time but also for all eternity,
3. My not continuing in my studies, as perhaps I should have, once I’ve completed college. Yet, God shared with me again via the writings of the apostle Paul to Timothy, “Study to show yourself approved unto God.” (See 2 Timothy 2:15-16.) And so blessed/challenged I am to continue on, even now.
The Most Important
Yet, sailing on, there is another blessing, and I think the most important: I had grasped life’s reality at my realizing the two worlds that exist – the temporal and the eternal – as was predicted in my youth by a Native American that I would come aware of some day. That prediction having been realized, apart from the things of God in this temporal physical time, nothing else has much meaning to me now – it’s all simply as a “fantasy island”, and Hollywood its capital city. Such stuff, a craving of my youth, I have realized was a mere distraction from my real purpose for being.
Hence, out of the darkness I’ve escaped, thanks to Jesus, and into reality; having chosen the way less traveled by, I’m now walking among the “children of light” purposed to expose the darkness, in sharing Jesus – the way, the truth, and the life; focused as a light bearer of God’s eternal certain hope. (See Ephesians 5:8-14.)
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God,” Colossians 3:1-3