A memory from church as I grew up: When my uncle was asked to lead a prayer at an evening service, he would often thank God for grace, that as another day drew to a close, how blessed we were to have the hope that we were “one day closer to home.” As the calendar page turns to a new year, I reflect and ponder on the days past, the unknown number of days ahead, and the journey…after all, there is a destination.
One day closer…to the next obstacle, the next valley, the next victory, the next opportunity. Though what lies ahead is unknown, I know how far He’s traveled with me. I know He has purpose for me and promised never to leave me. Difficulties make me stronger so I can fulfill that purpose. Every new challenge presents a choice—to choose good over evil, others over self, to make a difference, to move forward on the map of life…“one day closer.”
The hour has already come … our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
We are one day closer to meeting him face to face, whether he returns or calls me home. God, I’m reminded you are in complete control of human history. Nothing takes you by surprise. I am thankful to be on your side. Come Lord Jesus come!
I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. (NKJV)
But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end. (MSG)
2 Timothy 1:12
P.S. My uncle reached home October 9, 2015. Thank you Leo Altom for encouraging others along the way. See you when my “one day closers” are done.