Pause

Most of us have more than enough to deal with today to be very concerned about what will happen tomorrow. Yet we do wonder about what we can expect in the hours, days, and years ahead.

The God of our present is also the God of our future. Right now is a good time to be still in the moment and to trust all our time to the One who is here – and listening.

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Listen

As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.

Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5

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Think

I have these great conversations with one of my kids fairly regularly about Jesus. He’s always full of great questions like these: "When will Jesus come back? What is the book of Revelation all about? How does this whole thing work?"

I will admit I don’t always have the best answers for him because I generally have to end with, “We just don’t really know.”

But what I love is he seems to be okay with that answer. He doesn’t seem as hung up as I am, wishing that we just knew the answers to those questions.

I guess that's often a great thing about younger kids. They are okay with God saying, “Not yet.”

Lars Rood

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Pray

God, would you help me understand that your timing is perfect and that I don’t need to always have the answers? Let me be okay with your “not yet.” Amen.

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Go

Tomorrow and
Tomorrow and
The next.

You are accompanied by
The Provider of each one.

Live into the promise of
The future,
The possibilities of
What can be.

Lars Rood

Lars Rood is the associate pastor for family life ministries at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. In this role he oversees the team doing ministry from birth through the end of high school to children, students, and their families. He has a lifelong love of the Pacific Northwest, coffee, and reading. He also loves his three kids, wife, and dog named Jakob.

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