There is the everyday, there are our busy schedules, the same familiar routine and the ever longing for a new refreshing, a needed change for the better. I don't know about you, but this is what I have desired and longed for. Some people like the same routine, the feeling of doing the same thing everyday. Perhaps it's a safe feeling of security for them. That's great for these people, whatever makes you happy and whatever makes things click for you. But for me, I am one of those who have always liked change. And doing the same routine puts me in robot mode, and I hate that mode.
Well, most of our lives have that familiar schedule, including mine. So how do I cope with this since I am a unique person who thrives on change? The Lord has helped me and is still helping me. He is teaching me, and I am still learning to put forth this little strategy He has taught me from the Bible.
I really lean on and always go back to the scripture in Colossians 3:1-2:
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on the things on the earth.
Here is a fresh example from even this morning. On my way to work this morning, I took the surface streets and hit every single light, which was so annoying. What should have taken me 20 minutes to reach my destination, took over an whole hour, due to road constructions, work traffic and red light signals. I did get impatient like anyone would. But then I heard this soft inner voice from the Lord, "Turn it around and come up here. Fix your mind on me. Set your mind on heaven and my presence and enjoy me." Now this does take some practice, and I don't mind being honest in saying I'm not perfect at it. But if you don't practice, you won't ever get there. So it's up to me to practice and discipline myself. It's either that or stay bored and aggravated with the morning traffic, and stay tethered to the world's way.
So how is this done you say? I will tell you how the Lord has shown me how to do it. It's the same thing as if the teacher puts an apple on the podium and explains how sweet and juicy it is, what a beautiful bright red and delicious color. Now the teacher says "Stop thinking about this apple. Now class, put your mind on something else." But you can't, because that darn apple is on the podium staring at you in the face. But then like the game goes, the clever teacher begins to exchange the apple for a bright citrus orange. It looks so sweet and ripe. The thought of the apple is gone bye bye.
So this game was the key of instruction for me. I had to take my mind off of the traffic and begin to let it wander to heaven up above. After all, isn't that really where my citizenship lies?
John 17:16 (Jesus said) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Phil. 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from when also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
To see the face of Jesus and to picture Him before me. To envision myself even in heaven with Him, perhaps walking in the garden peacefully, or sitting by the river of life. (Rev. 22:1 You can imagine and envision many things from Revelation 22. This describes a lot about heaven) I then enter into conversation with Jesus and begin to just talk with Him. He is in heaven, but He also lives within me. I carry Him and His presence where ever I go. These thoughts take me there, and then the peace begins to flood my soul. His words comfort me, and His sweet, powerful love overcomes and stills my edginess about any traffic. I am wisked away by this rescuer of my heart. I truly believe this is one huge reason why God gave us our imagination. To dream and envision God and heaven. My goal as crazy as it may sound to you, is to live from there. To learn to carry His presence each day and always. I believe as I do this, I will be of some earthly good, bringing His kingdom down to earth. On earth as it is in heaven. We must therefore learn how it is in heaven. Because one cannot find peace on this earth. It only lies with Jesus.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
Through the finished work of Jesus, we now have citizenship in heaven and it is possible learn go to our home. I want all God has for me, and all that Jesus has paid the price for me to have. In His presence is fullness of Joy. This is the abundant life and it can be for you too...