Dan Allender wrote a powerful book called The Healing Path. Towards the end of the book he talks about “the great discovery of the healing journey.” Although he has much more than the paragraphs below (So, go get the book), Allender gives some great insight which I pray will encourage you today.
…”Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26). The more redemption matters, the less hold the powers of the earth have over us. The less fear and shame can constrain us and shape how we speak, live, and die, the more gratitude and awe mold us to become like Jesus Christ.
The great discovery of the healing journey is that in getting a glimpse of God we see our past, future, and present from the perch of an eternal now. God is above time. He is not constrained by clock time. He is ever present. That means the abuse I suffered as a child is “now” for Him. The day of my departure from this earth is “now.” All is now. And all reflects the mysterious goodness of God, even the agony of the cross. My birth, abuse, redemption, and death are all held in his kindness. He holds time in His hand the way a man holds his son’s hand as they cross the street. He leads and lets me walk in the safety of His presence.
If all is now for God, then I can live out my clock time with expectancy and joyous anticipation. What will he do today? What will I comprehend by the end of the day that I do not know as I rise from bed? Will today be the day of my departure? Will I be called to suffer in ways that try my soul beyond any measure I have known before? Will it be a nice day, sumptuous and robust like a piece of divine chocolate cake? Joy is not the absence of struggle or sorrow, but the taste of the presence of God as He surprises us with His gracious love, whatever our circumstances.