And so the journey continues. Why do I think the journey will someday end? It is a continuous adventure through life. Each of us are “On the Way” to eternity.
“God has plated eternity in the human heart.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT
Actually the entire verse reads, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT.
The NCV translation says, “God has given them a desire to know the future. He does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what He is doing.”
It really isn’t if God has planted eternity in our hearts. The Bible clearly states every human heart has a desire to know about eternity. God put that desire inside of us. It is at the seat of our emotions; it is the baseline of our knowledge; it is our strength to live on; and it is in our soul. Too often we just float through life ignoring this seed inside of us. We cover it with the dirt of worry and busyness, but though we don’t always recognize this treasure buried deep within us, that does not negate the fact that eternity is a part of us.
We are “On the Way” toward that destination. We are on a voyage. Eternity is our destination, but there are waypoints that are plotted on our atlas. Our odyssey is to be enjoyed. This pilgrimage will be fraught with heartache and brokenness but God promises, “He will cause all things to work out for our good to those who love the Lord.” For His glory and our good, it is the promise of the detours in our lives. Every detour and every heartache is meant to draw us closer to the One who gave His life for us.
I am on my second leg of my writing expedition. The second book in my 40 day series is over halfway complete. “On the Way,” is a voyage to know Jesus, my eternal Savior, more intimately. I want to share His great love for the people I come in contact with. I want my heart to beat with His compassion, and the only way I know to do this is to follow Him through the pages of God’s Word. This book is my pilgrimage to the Eternity that God has planted in my heart.
Beth Wilson, my publisher of Hear My Heart publishing, once asked me if I was enjoying the writing as much as I enjoyed writing, “Through Their Eyes?” I had to stop and consider my true answer. I loved my writing journey through that first Christmas. The lessons the Lord taught me were just for me at that certain time in my life. God taught me to hold onto His promises. God taught me He has a plan for my every dilemma and His way is best. God taught me that He has my whole life mapped out and He will provide for my every need. These were timeless lessons and I cherish them. So what were my feelings for this second book and this leg of my expedition? I took a moment to reflect on her question, but then I remembered the chapter I had just completed.
Nicodemus sought Jesus out in the middle of the night. He wanted a meeting, a sit down, with this new Rabbi. He came with a list of questions. Jesus called Nicodemus, “The teacher of Israel.” Nicodemus was a learned man, but he got confused and hung up on Jesus’ answers.
And just like in the first book, I saw my story in Nicodemus’ story. I have been the one to seek Jesus in the middle of my darkest moments. I came with my list of questions. I was often confused by Jesus’ answers, but you know what, that is not the main thing for me. The thing that gets me is the fact that Jesus willingly opened the door to our meeting. He invited Nicodemus in, and He invited me in. The night time intrusion didn’t offend Him. Our questions didn’t stump Him. It was His openness that drew us both into His light and out of our darkness.
The book will be released sometime next December. I hope you want to journey on with me. I think you will discover a buried treasure that is worth cherishing on this junket of our excursion.
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