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Escape to Reality

Updated on February 16, 2018

Tempest Tossed

“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

First, 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 with me, the lack of such is perhaps to my shame, as maybe I haven't been faithful in handling the finances with that which God entrusted me. But that's still a blessing, as if God says to me, "Hey, it's in the past; put it behind you." Hopefully, the lesson learned. It's a new day, a new beginning. And God continues encouraging me, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you, as I have been doing through all your days.” (See Matthew 6:25-34.)

Second, 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 right way -- God's way -- a man can have a family, he joined together with his wife. Again, that too is a blessing, as, still, 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 at this time but also for all eternity,

Third, I haven't continued in my studies, as perhaps I should have, once I’ve completed college. 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 and challenged I am to continue, even now.

The Most Important

In my continuing sailing through this time, there is another blessing, and I think the most important: I had grasped life’s reality in my realizing the two worlds that exist. That recognized, apart from the things of God nothing else has much meaning to me now – it’s all just 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 turbulent waters, I’ve escaped, thanks to Jesus, and into calmer waters. Having chosen the way less traveled. 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 and salt spreader of God’s eternal 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

© 2017 Charles Newcombe

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