Monday, June 22, 2015

When Daily Grind and Eternal Hope Collide

John Piper once wrote:
                God is not so distant or even so ‘religious’ that He only cares about what happens at church and during devotions. Every square inch of this earth is His and every minute of our lives is a loan from His breath. He is much more secular than we often think.”

Faith is the “evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)

So we fix breakfast, brush our teeth, throw a few towels in the laundry, and go to work.

And we live by faith that there’s an invisible God who cares about this daily grind.

‘The Lord lives!” Psalm 18 has shouted since King David’s time.

He lives, and He loans us breath, and we walk the dog and turn on the dishwasher and we buy eggs again.

Because surrounding this daily grind is an invisible hope we cling to by faith that eternity is waiting.

“It is the long view that helps these shadowed days.” – Amy Carmichael

The mundane keeps us hoping.

Because this daily grind is lived in the presence of the God who lives.

He is there when we grab a shopping cart – always the one with the wobbly wheel.
He notices the empty sink, the wiped-down mirror, another Sunday casserole put in the freezer.
He tells us to pray for our daily bread.

He is “much more secular than we often think,” because He lives and always will, and living is daily grind, not a string of monumental moments.

Because He lives, we will live also. (see John 14:19)

Eternity will still be living.

And living, even with today’s daily grind, is breathing in the presence of the God who lives.

One day, eternity will collide with our daily grind.

And the truth of His presence will no longer be invisible.

"I go to prepare a place for you . . . 
that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3)


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