present.future

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So many years have come and gone since the promise. So much heartache. So much disappointment.

The once proud light to the nations mired in dust and ruin. The once captivating is now captive.

A glimmer of hope appears – a promised child is coming. The one who would redeem all of creation is on his way.

A frightened but resolute mother dons the mantle of hope.

Another child is coming, the herald of the promised one.

He would call people to remembrance of the promise and repentance of their hopelessness.

A father’s doubt turns to hope and the future becomes the present on his lips.

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.” (Luke 1:68)

These words are those of Zechariah as his son, John, known as The Baptist, was born. It is part of a song that burst from a mouth closed because of doubt, now opened because of faith and expectancy. The future becomes present to him. Redemption, still afar, is “now” in his mind.

God has been fiddling with my heart over my sense of expectancy. Michael Perkins’ excellent guest post about Ethan’s eager expectancy over his impending birthday was quite timely for me. I’ve been drawn to Steven Furticks’ upcoming book “Sun Stand Still” without even knowing anything about it. The Holy Spirit has really been pushing it on me, but I never really took a look at it until last week. I saw a video introduction for it, and it has opened up so many emotions and considerations within my soul and mind that I’ve determined to buy it.

I feel as if God is working inside deep places in my soul, re-awakening things that I had let become dormant. Like the Hebrews, whose hope for Messiah had been subdued by centuries of turmoil and oppression, visions of a magnificent work of God have been trampled down into the recesses of my own heart, dimmed and faded.

But now, they desire to burst forth, as a crowning babe, pushing towards the light of day. As if coming to term, they stretch towards life.

The future is now. God’s work, His Kingdom, His peace, His salvation are all not yet fully bloomed, but are like bristling rosebuds, beautiful in their youth because of what they promise.

The future is present in my soul.

Your Kingdom come, and your will be done.

Let me live in the present future.

24 thoughts on “present.future”

  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I believe God desires for us to experience and see the amazing things He has planned to do. I feel that sense of revival and awakening in my own heart and I can see it looming as well. I’m praying with you and for you, Herb. Thanks.

  2. Beautiful writing! Lots to think about here, that’s for sure. I am excited by what I feel stirring in the people of God. Thanks for joining HCB…I’m excited to see what you’ll add to the conversation! WELCOME!

  3. John 10:10 tells us the theif comes to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus came to give us life and not just life but an abundant life! As I read this today I was reminded of the abundant life that Jesus wants us to have now – not in heaven someday.

    Great thoughts Herb!

    I too have been drawn to Sun stand still – I have a Holy anticipation to read it.

  4. “I feel as if God is working inside deep places in my soul, re-awakening things that I had let become dormant”

    That, my brother, is a good place to be. May that be our prayer as well…thanks for sharing your heart!

  5. Looking forward to what God is going to do.
    This just reminded me of a song Chris Tomlin sings “Awakening” I pray this song over you, your family, your church and the place and nation you live.

    In our hearts, Lord, in this nation
    Awakening
    Holy Spirit, we desire
    Awakening

    For You and You alone
    Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
    For the world You love
    Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

    In Your presence, in Your power
    Awakening
    For this moment, for this hour
    Awakening

    For You and You alone
    Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
    For the world You love
    Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

    Like the rising sun that shines
    From the darkness comes a light
    I hear Your voice and this is my
    Awakening

  6. Living in the now.

    Delighted to meet you today! Hope you don’t mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to get drenched in goodness.

    Splashin,
    Sara

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