Do you ever wonder if this fast food, microwave, instant access world we live in has somehow been used against us? Do you ever wonder if the ability to turn on the tv and see just about anything you want because it’s played constantly or you’ve been able to record it diminishes the ability to be at peace in the waiting and the unknown seasons of life? We don’t have to wait until we go to the store to get the latest music or the newest best-selling book. Those can be downloaded in an instant on the right device. We barely even have to wait for the release of a much-anticipated new movie. The reviews and previews give you just about all the good scenes before the film is even finished being made.
It sure makes it hard to wait for the story of your life to unfold when you are so used to getting almost everything you want or need at the touch of a button. It makes it hard to wait on those things in life that don’t unfold in an instant when you are so used to the many things that do.
Have you ever looked at the lives of your heroes and wondered why yours couldn’t look like that? Have you ever looked at people who seem to have it all together and wondered how they did that? Did you realize that most of them have a story that had to unfold to get to the place they are that you so admire? Do you know their story of do you just admire their current location? Do you really know what makes them who they are or just the outward parts that you admire, that you long for in your own life? Do you know the cost they have had to pay and the time they have had to put into their journey to get to their personal victories? Do you know that they may be right in the middle of a battle that you know nothing about? And if you do know….are you willing to pay that cost in your own life? Are you willing to allow time to unfold and circumstances to play out? Are you willing to pay the price necessary for those kinds of victories?
“That thing is Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves parts of eternal reality. But ye can see it only through the lens of Time, in a little clear picture, through the inverted telescope. It is a picture of moments following one another and yourself in each moment making some choice that might have been otherwise. Neither the temporal succession nor the phantom of what ye might have chosen and didn’t is itself Freedom. They are a lens. The picture is a symbol; but it’s truer than any philosophical theorem (or, perhaps, than any mystic’s vision) that claims to go behind it. For every attempt to see the shape of eternity except through the lens of Time destroys your knowledge of Freedom.” – C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
I want a victorious life. I want the victories I see in the lives of others I admire. When I look back over my life I want it to be marked with victories. But, I always want to live well in the in between. I want to see those who are in the in between and know they are doing the best they can on their way to the next victory. If we only see the people who have won the victories, we may miss the treasures God has placed on our journey that are just inches away from their own victories. We may miss an opportunity to celebrate a victory with those closest to us. We may miss a chance to be a part of that victory. And how much joy would their be to know you fought the fight alongside someone and won. How much fun would it be to know of the battle at the point you are standing on the hill with your arms raised in victory together? How great would it be to know you fought well?
I have friends fighting battles. I have friends winning victories. I pray we all stand the test of time and live victorious lives in both the valleys and the mountain tops. I pray we are able to look at our timelines and see the personal freedoms unfold that become a legacy that will stand the true test of time beyond the one’s we will see on this earth.