I love a good country song. Give me a little Garth, Keith, Faith, Taylor, Shania, or Carrie and I'm a happy girl. If you've yet to go to a country concert, you have not lived!
So the other night, I was driving home listening to the country radio station and this peppy, nostalgic song came on that was singing about the good old days—back when we were young, life was easy, we had no cares, drove around in trucks, and soaked in the sunshine—or something like that. Have you ever noticed how many country songs reference the good old days?
Maybe it's just me, but it's easy to get whisked away by the "good life" when we sat around in rocking chairs, drank sweet tea from mason jars, and talked about love. (Not that that was ever my life.) While there's absolutely nothing wrong with that; it sounds delightful, the point I'm stretching to make is that sometimes it's easy to dream about the past or a "better life" but we can't lose perspective. We can't forget about what is and what's to come.
What is—Jesus came to give us an abundantly rich life here and now. In Christ there is a fullness available to us that we can't even begin to comprehend. Yes, summer nights, dirt roads, and first loves are all things to enjoy, but nothing comes close to the surpassing joy we have from living in Christ.
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10 (NKJV)
"I am the way and the truth and the life."
"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
What is to come—not only does Jesus promise abundant life here and now, but more importantly, we can't even begin to imagine the eternal promises that are to come.
"Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”