Have you heard the song “A Future Not My Own” by Matt Maher? He is a favorite Christian musician of mine and the song is on his Saints and Sinners album. In the song, Maher asks God to slow him down, pleads with God to chase his heart of stone, describes love as “a long and narrow road,” and concedes that we see only the beginning, but God sees the end. Then he goes on to cry what we all echo–the need “for a future not my own.” You can click on the song title to hear the actual song in another window: “A Future Not My Own”
I listened to that cd yesterday and, again, today.
As it turned out, yesterday I needed a little slowing down myself. My husband and I were on-the-go from morning through evening, happily running errands and doing various acts of service. It was exhilarating–until it came time to sit still in a class that evening. God slowed me down! Then I realized, “I’m exhausted!” That class was a sweet peace and, overall, it was a full and rich gift of a day.
This morning, the thoughts in that song fit in beautifully with my Bible study. Several dear sisters in Christ and I are doing the Beth Moore Entrusted study on 2nd Timothy. It’s a blessing. In this morning’s study, we were instructed to read a passage in 1st Timothy. 1st Timothy 1:5, to be exact. (I don’t think I’d ever soaked in that single verse before, scurrying on instead to verse 12 and beyond. Here it is from the ESV:
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
So, over and over from yesterday through today, from a cd selection to errands and activities to my Bible study, I was hearing about love.
♥ Love is the long and narrow road–the path set before me by my Lord. (Proverbs 16:9, 20:24; Jeremiah 10:23)
♥ Love is the impetus, the driving force for all action. (John 3:16)
♥ Love is the result of a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. (1Timothy 1:5)
♥ Love is the inevitable reaction of knowing Christ. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
Now, I’m not sure where you are, dear reader, but I’m not on a dirt road in Ephesus. So what does that love look like–what could it look like–on the asphalt roads in my life?
As I thought about how love could be the aim of all we do, I suddenly realized that LOVE ~
~ was the energy that propelled me to do all the things God gave me opportunity to do.
♥ God’s love for me propelled Him to send Christ.
♥ Christ’s love for His Father and for us propelled Him to suffer on a cross.
♥ My love for God and Christ propels me to love them with all my heart, soul, and mind–and my neighbor as myself. (Matthew 22-:36-40)
Yes, as Maher’s song recites, “love is a long and narrow road.”
That road will undoubtedly include green pastures, dark valleys, desolate ravines, and mountaintops. What lies around the corner? Only God knows where our love for Him will take us–there’s that “future not our own”.
Yet through it all, isn’t it a deep peace and an uncontainable joy to know that God has set our path before us, that our times are in His hands? Metaphorically, our names are written on the palm of his hand. (Isaiah 49:16) We rest and sing under the shadow of His wing. (Psalm 57:1, 63:7) He is faithful to be with us, and every step is a step closer to being with Him forever. Then we’ll worship at the feet of the one who loved us so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life!
That’s something to sing about and to go about with in our heart~
And dear friend, here’s hoping God crosses our paths ♥