ANT-ics and Concentric Circles
Sometimes it’s difficult to look around you and observe the world moving at breakneck speed while it feels as if you’re mired in molasses. All too often we seem more like worker ants scurrying aimlessly about trying to store up stuff for the hard times ahead. A wise Man once suggested that we store up treasures for eternity rather than for the short lives we live in the present.
But, if the truth be told, at the best of times it can be hard to focus on eternity when the present seems so daunting. It’s difficult to see people all over the world struggling just to make ends meet, while others live lives of luxury through ill gotten wealth, privilege, and by ruthlessly “hitching a ride” on the backs of others who’ve worked so hard and appear to have little or nothing to show for it.
But there’s hope!
In response to Jeremiah’s query: “Why are evil people successful? Why do dishonest people have such easy lives?” The Lord declared: “If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?”~ Jeremiah 12: 5 (NLT)
In my more than five decades of living, I’ve discovered that God is, and has always been, more concerned with building my character more so than building my bank account or my success. If you feel as if you’re contending with “horses” then it’s imperative that you hear this: “You’re in the center of God’s will!”
How do I know that for certain?
Simple. God always uses the “horses” of trying circumstances to mold and shape your character so that your life can tell a more compelling story to those who are searching for meaning. James says it more eloquently than I ever could: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” ~ James 1: 2–4 (NLT)