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Now and Then

I recently had some recurring thoughts that made me look for a post I wrote many years ago…

Every now and then, I think about the now…and then.

The other morning the thought about the present-day and the unseen-future came to mind when I stepped outside with puppy-Juliet for her “morning duty.” Most of our outings together at this wee-morning hour still possess the remnant of night-time, with the black sky and the twinkling stars. However, for about three mornings in a row, our scenery was different; instead of a clear nightly
sky, Juliet and I were greeted with a dense white fog. When standing on my front porch, I couldn’t see our driveway, our black fence, the surrounding trees, the cows in the field. Nothing was in view.
I think sometimes our present day, the now, is a lot like living in this kind of fog. There are so many unknowns, whether it’s about our health, our finances, our direction, or our relationships. The seemingly impassable uncertainties can create a worrisome unsettling in our hearts… so many questions, so many emotions.
But as I was walking with little pup down our driveway in the midst of this penetrable thickness, I heard a whispering in my soul, “Chris, this is what it means to walk by faith not be sight” (II Cor. 5:7). The Lord’s sweet reminder to my questioning heart, was that I am walking with the One who holds all the answers. And I am called to put my faith in Him, not in myself or my surroundings. Remember, He is called the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow (James 1:17). 
And let us also remember this truth on our walk: in the midst of all this faith-fog “now” there is the promise of crystal-clear “then”! You may never understand the goings-on of this life, but if all you do is hold onto the hope of heaven while walking through the befuddlements of earth, then God has been glorified in and through you. Someday He will set all things right, and we will then understand.
As I walked back up the driveway, God set my mind on another Word of His:
For we know in part, and we prophecy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away… For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I have also been fully known. (I Cor. 13:9-10,12)
In light of this truth, let us each walk by faith today, remembering that God Himself is in-step with you. I pray your heart will hear Him whispering words of hope, for your “now”… and your “then.”