This Present Life
By Guest Blogger: Rhonda de la Moriniere -
Christmas 2018 was memorable for sure, but not easy. As I packed away the half-used rolls of gift wrap and untangled the Christmas lights to ready them for storage, I found myself wondering if I would be here next year to pull out these lights, or to use this paper to wrap gifts next Christmas.
After all Proverbs 27:1 instructs us, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring.” I knew this verse, but this holiday season brought new depth to what it really means as two weeks before Christmas, one of our dearest friends suddenly passed away. This was the kind of friend whose house we showed up to “unannounced” on holidays, or any day really. He was more like family than friend, you know the type, the kind you can call anytime and the one you can’t wait to see because just seeing their face and having them around makes you feel more like you are home. This was also a friend who suffered from a very similar medical condition as I do, which is how he suddenly died. Sobering.
This brings me back to my thoughts I was having as I packed away our Christmas décor. Sometimes I forget that I am living on borrowed time. In truth, aren’t we all? And just as I am seeking to find room in our home for this years Christmas presents, I find myself meditating on this present life; Who the Giver is, what my response should be to the gift, and what exactly does this gift mean?
As I contemplated about all of this, a picture began to emerge on the movie screen that is always up and running in my mind. The picture is a long, golden cord, that is stretched as far as the eye can see in front and behind. That cord represents LIFE, and eternity. It is never-ending. And plopped right there in the middle of it is the most beautifully wrapped package you could ever imagine, with a name written on it, God’s chosen identity for each one of us. This package represents the gift of an experience of time within LIFE, a chance to make an impact, to bring our own flavor of God’s glory into His golden cord of eternity. Psalm 139:5 perfectly portrays this image when it says, “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.” For those of us who know and walk with Jesus, this life is not about an adding to of Who He is into us, but a becoming part of a supernatural, miraculous continuation of Who He is through us. It’s as if the River of Jesus gets to run right through our lives, touching and changing the world all around us with God’s glory as it goes. His hand is literally before me, and behind me, and upon me. I am overwhelmed, even as I write this, with the revelation of the Glory that He allows us to carry. I get chills as I think about the gift, He has bestowed upon us, the gift of THIS PRESENT LIFE.
Within this vision, I am overwhelmed with the knowledge that this is HIS gift to me and you. He is the Giver. What exists within that package is possibility for GLORY! It’s the possibility to be brought into the story He is telling the world about Who He is and all He has done. Colossians 1:27 reminds us, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It’s amazing to think that 10,000 years from now the choices I am making about how to handle this gift will impact what I see or don’t see in our eternal Kingdom. I am undone with the thought that God would entrust us with such an awesome gift! Perhaps, He knows more about us than we do. Perhaps He never forgets the things we struggle so hard to remember; that He IS holding us in the palm of His hands, even when it doesn’t feel like it, that He IS in control, even when it doesn’t look like it, and that He KNOWS what is in us, even when we have nothing left. He is God and we are not. He is the Giver and we merely the recipients of this amazing, wonderful, glorious gift of HIS Present Life.
Revelation 21:22-24 ties a bow around this vision in ways that I hope we never, ever forget as it says, “And I saw no temple in the city, for it’s temple is the LORD God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By it’s light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.”
Here on earth as we exist in time, we may awake to the light that is the sun, reminding us that we are still here, living, moving and breathing within the allotted time God has ordained for us. Yet, may our lives not be governed by the sun or the world whose surface it touches. One day your life and mine will be packed away, just like my Christmas décor and your eyes will SEE fully, the glory that always surrounded you, that always carried you and that, if you were willing, carried you all the way home, returning the present back to Jesus of His own Presence that He had sustained you in throughout your whole earthly journey.
Rhonda de la Moriniere
Please take some time to get to know Rhonda through her blog, book & YouTube Channel, I promise you will be glad you did. Our meeting Rhonda was definitely God ordained! She came into our lives when one day she was praying and God gave her our name! She google searched, found us and emailed asking to know more, and Rhonda lives all the way in Texas! We have been so blessed to get to know Rhonda and have become fast forever friends! She is an amazing woman of God and her light shines so brightly as she is always sharing the love of God and encouraging others! We say thank you, to you Rhonda, for being our Guest Blogger this month of January and we so appreciate you sharing your amazing words of LIFE with us all!! We love you and hope you come back to share with us again soon!
The H2O Team