“There You Are”, a poem from L.Willows (Grace, Hope, a New Day, Healing)

Somewhere,
in the day that tomorrow brings,
I see you smiling.
Your eyes are sparkling with dances
that light in a new horizon.
You are gathering;
swelling, like waters that fill into rivers
that pour Love into view.
You are new.

Somewhere,
in the day that tomorrow brings
I see you healed;
your sweetened heart revealed.
Your life joins with beloveds,
in an eternal embrace.
You are in the arms of Grace.

There you are,
in the dawn
that rises up to meet you,
wrapped by the most tender mercies
and a blanket of prayers.

There,
entwined, encouraged and seen;
you are with each good thing.
You are in Hope’s dream.
There, I see you.

There you are.
Somewhere dear-
Not a far smile away.
in the Promise, near
of a bold new Day.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Philippians 3:13-14 —Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 —He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Isaiah 43:18-19 —“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

“Abraham’s Patient, Heavenly Pilgrimage by Faith” from B. Hoekstra’s Day by Day Grace

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Abraham’s Patient, Heavenly Pilgrimage, by Faith

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. (Hebrews 11:13-14)

We looked at Sarah’s testimony in Hebrews previously (in the meditation on God’s promises on August 8). Now, we will move on to consider a strategic facet of Abraham’s testimony regarding his obedient, earthly sojourn, by faith. Therein, we saw him traveling through life on earth as an alien, a stranger (in the world, but not of it). Now, we will see Abraham’s patient, heavenly pilgrimage, by faith. His previous testimony concluded with this pilgrimage theme: “For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Early in the present continuing testimony, the two themes are coupled. “They were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” A stranger (sojourner) is one who does not belong to the given locale. The pilgrim is one who is marching toward a given spiritual destination.

Abraham and his family (Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob) were promised the land flowing with milk and honey. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises.” They did not personally possess the promised land. Yet, they lived with a sense of guaranty that God would fulfill His promises: “but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them.” They fully accepted the certainty that the Lord would someday give that land to their seed. Meanwhile, they confessed that they were content to live as strangers concerning this world and as pilgrims anticipating the world to come: “and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

Now, the pilgrimage aspect of Abraham’s testimony (and his family’s) is emphasized. “For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.” As the years passed and the promised land was not given to them, their hearts yearned for a true, lasting, eternal homeland. “For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.” God wants to develop this perspective of heavenly pilgrimage in our hearts as well. “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). The Lord wants us to set our daily course toward heaven, rejecting earthly cravings that diminish spiritual vitality.

Father God, You have fulfilled so many promises for me here on this earth. I praise You and thank You for such loving grace. Still, my heart yearns for that which heaven alone can provide. Thus, I press on as a pilgrim, bound for my homeland above.

Bob Hoekstra © 2018 Day by Day Grace