He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 niv
It’s written all over my life — and yours, too — that ache we’re scared to voice but find ourselves studying in the middle of the night or early, early morning when we can’t sleep. Is this it? Is this really it?
We scorn our discontentment as we name our blessings one by one. We scold our tendency to live in regret but still wonder what life would be ours if we just had make that one, different choice. We ponder the dreams we held tightly in our youthful hands.
And maybe you’re still waiting for the dream, or worse yet, maybe your dream has come and you’re still awake in the silent, forever night. But a person of substance, she understands her discontentment and knows the depth of meaning behind her regret. She’s not surprised when the ache whispers to her yet again… even at Christmastime.
God has placed in our minds a sense of eternity; we look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the doing of God. Ecclesiastes 3:11 the voice
She’s a traveler. That woman of substance, she’s a traveler made for a different world. The imprint of eternity is set in her heart, seared on her mind.
We choose substance as we journey toward eternity rather than setting down roots. We were made for another world, and our stride boasts of determination because we boast in Him. He came to us. We journey toward Him. The striving to be known by man is swallowed up with the truth that Our Maker sees, and understands, and even rescues us from the intricacies of our hearts and minds.
Free us from the shifting shadows, Oh God. Release us from the false security of temporary stories. Help us keep going, keep traveling.
Though we journey, we’re not restless. The people of substance hold peace despite the baggage that tries to fill up our arms. The noise that echoes throughout December is no champion over us.
On the second day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me the imprint of eternity on my heart. Will you choose your Rescuer instead of the drama this Christmas? Will you journey toward Him instead of bandaging the ache of the temporary?
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captives…
Defining Substance (Grab your journal or just find solitude for five minutes)
- Read Ecclesiastes 3:11 again. What has he made beautiful over the course of time in your own life? Has He refined your attitude? Softened your heart toward an abrasive person? Given you more patience than you thought possible?
- What temporary story have you been re-creating to find security (false security)? Achieving at your job, creating the perfect scenarios for your kids, pretending all is well when it’s clearly not, etc.
- What specific temporary situations are currently distracting you from having an eternal perspective?
- Keep working on your definition of a Person of Substance. What’s God revealing to you?
photo source | Niklas Rhöse