Looking Forward

Today started early for me, as usual, but I was still thinking of the pale moonlight last night, spilling over the field in front of my house. Bathing the barn in a soft glow. Would have been the perfect night (maybe a little chilly) to take a walk under the moon. Anyway, I mixed up my devotions this morning a little and just googled the chapter of the day and proceeded to read it. It was 2 Peter 3. Now, first, let me just say this isn’t the passage I would normally choose to read because part of it talks about the destruction of the world. I’m a passionate person about Jesus not coming back just yet. 🙂 But as I was reading, I found these parts of the chapter stuck out to me: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise…Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace…Praise God that He isn’t slack when it comes to promises! We can trust what He says. If we have Him in our hearts, we can look forward to what is coming. 

This morning, on my way into work…I was driving towards Mountain City and looked up. Maybe that sounds crazy when driving, but my focus is usually on the road and the nearby fields. You have to watch the deer…and bunnies…haha! They like to visit the roads frequently! 🙂 But the blueness of the sky pulled my gaze upwards and I was awed. The clouds were a gorgeous display of white fluff, pink hues and slate gray shadows. Absolutely stunning. The fog was drifting between the mountains that loomed in the close distance, further back, some mountains lay buried under the morning fog. But the most breathtaking sight was the sun…peeking through those clouds. You know the rays that shoot upwards? Yep…it was one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve seen this year. I wished I had my camera with me…but no worries, a dear woman in Jonesborough did capture the sunrise! I’ll share it at the end, so a special thank you to M. Shaw!

As I looked at the sunrise, those brilliant rays I thought “Lord, here’s the hope for our new earth and it will be more beautiful than this!” Talk about amazing. As scary as the “what ifs” of our future may be, we can rest assured that God will keep His promises. He will raise up a new World, a better one, in which only godliness exists. I just wanted to share these thoughts this morning. His mercies are new every morning. He forgives all sins. All we need to do is trust Him, bring Him into our hearts and make our relationship with Him the most important thing in our life. So I may not have gotten that moonlight walk last night, haha…but my Savior and I had a beautiful country drive this morning and He decided to show off some of His handiwork. 

No matter what you’re doing today, look up…and look forward! You never know what you may be missing! 

Photo taken August 26th by M. Shaw

Photo taken August 26th by M. Shaw