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What Do You Look Forward To?

Weekly Devotionals

What Do You Look Forward To?

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. – Revelation 4:1-3

 

Can I vent a little? Can I make a confession? I’m tired. It’s as simple as that. I’m very very tired. Maybe it’s because I’m tired with this whole covid-19 situation. I’m sure many of us are. But more specifically, lately, I feel like I have nothing to look forward to. Normally, I’d have something to look forward to, whether it was a relaxing weekend, a fun round of golf with friends, or a fun getaway vacation. However, I feel lately there’s nothing to look forward to, and it just makes every day feel like a grind. I find myself physically and mentally tired way too often, emotionally I tend to get pouty, and overall I am just not pleased with my every day disposition. I just don’t feel like myself at all lately.

I think it’s a good thing to have something to look forward to. I remember when I used to work in the corporate world, and I had a vacation marked on my calendar. It was just fun booking flights and hotels and looking up places to eat. Just the anticipation of getting away and doing something fun would make the days seem to go by faster. But when you have nothing to look forward to, life just seems to drag on and on and on… and I think that’s how I feel right now.

Perhaps in the midst of covid-19, many of us may be feeling this way at the moment. We’re just a couple of weeks away from June, when everyone would be looking forward to a vacation, yet for many of us we can’t even make ends meet at the moment, let alone think about a relaxing holiday.

But, then I was reminded the other day that we have something amazing to look forward to. I was mindlessly going through FB, feeling sorry for myself, when I saw this article on Todd Tilghman. Some of you may have heard of him, but he is best known as the most recent winner of the US TV talent show, The Voice. Todd is also a husband and father of 8 children, and he is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Mississippi, which I thought was really cool.

As I was reading this article, they had some YouTube clips of him performing during the finals of The Voice, and so I decided I’d check it out. One of the final songs he sang was a cover of the MercyMe song I Can Only Imagine. I had always thought that was such a beautiful song, but this time when I heard Todd Tilghman sing it, it was different. He sang it with a passion and joy that went beyond just a singing competition. I felt that as he was singing it, he saw a glimpse of the throne room of God, as he imagined being face-to-face with Jesus. It was as if he was so much looking forward to that moment with such great anticipation that he just couldn’t hide that joy inside himself.

It was at that moment that I too was reminded that I have something to look forward to that is greater than anything the world can offer. I don’t know how I will react when I see God face-to-face. Will I leap with joy? Will I fall to my knees in awe and reverence? Will I cry tears of joy? Will I be dancing like a fool? Perhaps it will be a combination of all those things? I don’t know, but it’s pretty awesome to look forward to that.

I know that I’m not the only one who feels like the days are dragging along with not much hope in sight. We all wish this whole covid-19 situation would finally come to an end. But what if it does? What then? Will things be great again? I’m sure there will then come something else, and then something else after that.

But if you want to look forward to something, let’s all look forward to the ultimate “looking-forward-to” thing, which is being face-to-face in the presence of God for all eternity. There will be no more pain. There will be no more fears. There will be no more sickness, disease, or death. And there will only be the goodness of the presence of God for all eternity. That’s something to really look forward to.

Have an awesome week in the Lord!

P.S. To get the week started in an uplifting way here are two videos of Todd Tilghman on The Voice. The first is his audition performance when he sang Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s We’ve Got Tonight, and the second is his cover of MercyMe’s I Can Only Imagine. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/0hDuvlrJ2I8

https://youtu.be/plxZLgWKMNo