It’s become my new mantra. Last week, I was blessed to spend a few days with my dad and Sallie in their new retirement home in Wiggins, Mississippi. Located on the 15th hole of the Country Club golf course, sitting outside provided such an escape. You really had the feeling that you were in the middle of nowhere until a golf cart came by. Even that was a delight. I had the privilege of attending a block party and a Monday Night Football dinner, and let me tell you, the people there are some of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. I actually stayed there because I had business in New Orleans and later Baton Rouge. My parents are, ironically, closer then I am to those locations. It was so nice to be able to stay with family instead of in a hotel.
While I was there, I helped Sallie unpack several boxes for her dining room. I counted 6 big moving boxes and at least 5 smaller totes. It was probably modest in comparison to what my sisters Ruth and Sallie Jean had done, but it felt like we accomplished so very much. As we unpacked and tried to put so many items into a new configuration, we often declared, “This is a good spot…for now.”
“For now.” Seems like a very good statement. It declares that I am content with where things are at this very moment but that I can also choose to rearrange them. It is being comfortable with change. It is accepting the here and now but recognizing the potential for so much more. And isn’t there so much more out there?
I serve an awesome God. Mercifully, he loves me just as I am, and he loves me too much too leave me there. I am the very definition of “for now”. The candlesticks pictured were going to be discarded. They were cloudy, chipped, and, frankly, not very pretty. I brought them home and sent them through the dishwasher once. They began to sparkle, in spite of the small chip in the side of one of them. They will, indeed, make my holiday table quite beautiful.
1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” My God knows me, through and through. He sees me and all my potential. He looks at me and tells me there is so much more ahead. One day, I will know as I am known. But I’m perfectly content with where I am…for now.