Have you ever stopped to think, “this is just a taste.”?
For those that know Christ as their personal Savior, this life is just a passing, fleeting moment in the greater context of our Heavenly home. Sometimes I have to pause and remind myself of this. Especially when I breathe in that baby smell after nap time or when I hold tight a little longer as my husband leaves for work in the morning. In those times I wonder if life can be any more full.
I want so badly to cling to these moments. It’s like I’m walking around, fist tightly clenched to hold on to all that I hold dear.
When really it’s about giving thanks and entrusting those gifts to the Lord. It’s realizing these days don’t last, but that’s OK, because we have a higher hope towards heaven. (Hebrews 11:13-16) This is just a taste.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
And I ask my heart the hard but brave question- does my joy and delight in my family overshadow my love for my Savior? Do I consider Christ my life, my all, my everything?
Anything that is held in higher esteem than God is an idol.
Why is it so hard to suddenly breathe? Writing that feels like a weight upon my chest.
“Whatever it is—even good things, even blessings—can seduce you so that we end up spending ourselves on them rather than on God… Scrutinize how you spend these three precious resources: your time, your talent, and your money.” Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of God
It’s so easy to get caught up in the here and now. To be swept up in the blessing and think little of the giver of those blessings.
The reality is that I love my family best when I love my Savior more.
When we put God in His rightful place above all, we are able to pour into our loved ones directly from the source of every good and perfect gift. We are free from fear, worry, doubt, and insecurity over our loved ones and their circumstances. For “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).
Maybe you and your loved ones are in a hard and draining season, or maybe you’re in a steady and full one. When rightly ordered in the light of your security in Christ, that season you’re in will make an imprint on you but it will not control you.
The actions, the circumstances, and the situations surrounding those we love most cease to control and consume us when our lives are ordered with Christ at the head. Perhaps that’s the difference between God and these things we make into idols. When God is in his rightful place in your life, the peace of Christ rules, not the changing tides of temporary circumstances or loved ones who will never fill God’s shoes.
I hear you, darling. To talk about this in theory is easy. Living it out is more grey area and blurred lines than anything else. It’s a daily battle to place your trust with God. But our Savior is patient. He is also jealous and longs for our devotion. He beckons us toward sweet surrender in every area of life. Even in the areas that we so tightly cling to. You know what?
They are far better off in resting His hands and under his control than in ours.
Remember, this is just a taste.
P.S. Do you find yourself tossed around by the extreme highs and lows of emotions? Read more on How to Anchor your heart in the torrent of Emotions