I tend to live in the glory days.
Though I try to be rooted and present-minded, it’s easy for me to flash back and dwell on fond memories of living minutes away from my very best friends at Baylor, floating in the Mediterranean sea in Capri, visiting dear friends in NYC.
It’s natural to stay stuck in the past, thinking those were the glory days and the best has already passed. Saying to myself, “My life peaked. Surely there are not better things to come.”
But the best is yet to come.
We cannot sit and dwell on past moments, but we are called to live in the present and to also hope for the future. We are called to be thankful for what has been done, cherish moments that are happening and believe good things are also headed our way.
When I consider the best is yet to come, I remember the disciples and think of what anguish and heartbreak they must have felt when Christ died. Surely they were devastated when their Savior was nailed to the cross and breathed his last breath. Surely they thought all hope was lost and reminisced on seemingly better times when Christ walked this earth.
But the best was yet to come.
The disciples and Christ’s followers were foretold of his resurrection, yet they were still in despair. Though I believe they knew in their minds, their hearts couldn’t wrap around the idea of his return.
But lo and behold! He arose from the grave, triumphing over death itself. And lo and behold! They got to see their Savior face-to-face again.
What glorious moments, what wonderful times. And before Christ left this earth again, he told them to walk with the Holy Spirit, to go and make disciples.
God prepares good things for those who love them.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him” — 1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV)
Not only does God want what is good for us, He prepares good things for us. Inconceivably good and wonderful things.
So here’s to the past staying in the past, us living in the present and preparation of good things for the future. Here’s to knowing the best is yet to come!