Google “The best is yet to come” and you’ll find coffee mugs, t-shirts, aprons, posters, and more. There’s no shortage of products and songs to inspire. But when you stand with an open, empty horizon in front of you, it can be hard to believe.
The first time the Holy Spirit whispered these words to me, I was at a point of transition and not real sure of my future.
- After 11 years of homeschooling, the kids were now grown and gone.
- I wasn’t sure of my purpose.
- Dreams I had long ago laid down seemed now to be for another person or lifetime.
- I honestly didn’t know how to dream again, or if it was even okay to try.
I had 3 choices:
- I could hold to the past.
- I could grab whatever looked shiny and stuff it into my emotional holes.
- Or I could purpose to step into my destiny for this new season by walking with the One who knew it.
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit isn’t content to let me drift down a dead-end street. He persistently pursues me, beckoning me to my destiny. He sees me as a new creation and isn’t going to let me settle for anything less than all God dreams for me. He is pursuing you, as well.
I want to encourage you with two powerful truths about aging:
- All that is in the Kingdom of God moves toward Life. Even in your earthly body, as you are being transformed from glory to glory, you are becoming more alive in Christ!
- Although the world may say your best days are behind you, God has a very different perspective:
“But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon… Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, ‘The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!’” (Psalm 92:12-15 NLT)
Truly: In Christ, each day is a stepping stone to greater tomorrows.
This week the Holy Spirit gave me six reasons why you can be confident the best is yet to come. Take a moment to soak in His love. Listen as the He speaks to you personally. Let His words be an unshakable foundation when all else seems unstable.
1. “I’m here.”
There’s no sweeter sound than to hear your Creator say, “I’m here.” Deep, inner peace and security lie in these two words. I’m sure you’ve heard the popular cliché, “Be present.” Well, God was the origin of this idea. He is absolutely present in your present life. He didn’t rush ahead or get distracted. He is leaning into your every moment.
2. “I’m watching.”
The thought of an all-aware God can be very intimidating. Even a bit obnoxious. But the more I know Him, knowing that He sees every detail of my life has become a treasured reality. I love that He sees the whole picture. That He knows aspects — even of my own heart — that I don’t see or know. Important parts and pieces of the whole. This watchfulness is not one of distant disinterest. No. He watches intently as a refiner of silver and gold. Your Father is ever mindful of you.
3. “I’m listening.”
David penned in Psalm 55:17, “Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress and the Lord hears my voice.” These words came from experience. David had often asked God for direction or comfort. He knew his God heard his cry. Feeling like your words don’t get past the ceiling? Please know this truth: God listens to both your words and your heart.
“He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry.” Isaiah 30:19
4. “I’m speaking.”
Continuing on from Isaiah 30:19 (above), we are assured, when He hears your cry,“…He will answer you.” Even after all these many years I am amazed my Creator speaks to me, personally. I’m not surprised anymore, but always in awe. And He doesn’t just talk about the huge, life or death issues. He often meets me in the kitchen as I cook, offering His insight and friendship. He shares His heart as I share mine. He encourages me as a Father, Teacher, Comforter, and Friend.
If you haven’t heard God’s voice lately, be still. He is always speaking. If you do one thing today, invest time to learn to recognize His voice in this season.
5. “I’m waiting.”
Waiting on God has been a popular topic for a number of years. I’ve written about it numerous times myself. But it’s also important to realize God waits on us.
- He patiently waits as we learn and fail and grow.
- He waits for the perfect moment to speak or act.
- He waits until we realize we can’t do it all on our own.
- He waits for us to slow down and sit with Him.
One lesson reverberates through my whole being from the last few years: The Holy Spirit is a patient, gentle, but relentless Teacher. Time and time again He has been willing to wait until I was ready to take a step forward, but He has never given up the vision of who He knows me to be.
You may think you’ve missed God. That it’s too late to go forward. I want to encourage you: He is more patient than you could dream. His eyes are upon you and He’s just waiting for you to look His way.
6. “I’m expectant.”
You will never have another cheerleader like the Trinity. They see the beginning. They see the end. They see you in the midst. And they are doing more than you can imagine to help you reach your destiny. This last week when a wave of discouragement washed over me, the Holy Spirit spoke within me: I’m invested in you. Words cannot convey how this encouragement lifted my head and put wind in my sails.
God isn’t just interested in you. He is invested in you. He believes in you. You are valuable. You carry the resurrection power of Christ within. No matter your immediate need or surroundings, if you are purposefully walking forward with your Savior and King, He will lead you into truth, into joy, into peace, into Himself. He desires for this next season to be the most fulfilling time in your life.
- He’s here.
- He’s watching.
- He’s listening.
- He’s speaking.
- He’s waiting.
- He’s expecting great things!
What one step will you take with Him today?
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him.
This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:18-20 NLT