“God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh.” -Luke 6:21 (NLT)
For those who are fighting physical and emotional illness and stress, joblessness, spiritual attack, addiction, the separation from or loss of a loved one, and many other battles, getting around the bend to the brighter destination can be a bleak and depressing slog.
When people want to comfort you and say that better things are right around the corner, maybe it doesn’t help much. Sure, you might think. What does “right around the corner” mean, anyway?
I think of God’s scale and perspective of time like negotiating a long, sweeping curve or corner in a car: if you’re in a sports car flying around that corner, you don’t look directly at the corner. That’s a great way to crash. You look ahead, to where you’re going next. God is on the other end of the curve. We often, however, forget the car and trudge through the corner on our own two feet, looking right at the curb. We look at every pit and pebble, and it’s miserable. And from that perspective, the corner seems endless. We might as well be ants traversing the corner.
For all of us who wait upon the Lord, we can do Him honor and glory by making the most of where we are now (Jeremiah 29:1-10) because we know His plans for us are good, to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11).
And when we seek Him during in the midst of negotiating the corner, He will show us light and blessings right where we are. And when we do our best with them for Him, time will fly as we’re no longer looking at the corner, but ahead to Him…and the next thing we know, we’ve rounded the corner!