Content Where I Am
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and said, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God; you have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come. May this be instruction for the people, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have wrought all this greatness, so that your servant may know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God; for there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears." 2 Samuel 7: 18-22 (NRSV)
Wendy L. Macdonald, from British Columbia, is thankful for the lovely part of the world that she lives in. Lakes, rivers, ocean beaches, and mountains are all just a short drive away. She often goes out to photograph wildlife like sea lions, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer.
But one morning, Wendy struggled with envy of others who've traveled to exotic places that she hadn't been to. She decided to spend extra time reading her Bible because she knew God would encourage her to be content with her corner of the world. She brushed aside her craving for places she had not been, and she opened the word of God instead.
As Wendy was reading David's prayer about being humbled that his family would be remembered by the Lord forever, she thought of her foolishness in coveting anything earthly. Just like David, all those who trust in the Lord will be established for eternity in God's kingdom. Wendy was reminded of how much more important heaven will is compared to earthly things. Heaven's shores will forever be more breathtaking than all the exotic places the world has to offer.
This is a great reminder that we should be content with what we have, instead of wanting more. If we have a future with God, what more could we want? In heaven, there will be no more sorrow, no pain, no misery, no sickness, and no viruses.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the beauty of the world we live in. Help us to remember that heaven's joys will far surpass earthly ones, in Jesus' name, amen.