Brooke Cooney is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and foster-mom of one. To capture the eternal in the everyday, she blogs about family, faith, and lessons along the journey at ThisTemporaryHome.com.
Kids are often told, you can have that tomorrow, we will go there tomorrow, we will read that or watch that or eat that tomorrow. My son will excitedly run to us in the morning and ask, "Is it tomorrow?!" He believes that tomorrow holds the fulfillment of yesterday's promise.
We as adults are very adept at promising ourselves, as well as those we love, wishes fulfilled tomorrow. Are we not?
We grow to doubt that tomorrow will deliver.
My personal favorite is that I will do the laundry tomorrow. Another one, I will make that call tomorrow. Yet another tomorrow I often promise myself is a break from blogging. This thought is quickly dismissed as I consider my devoted readers. (Thank you!)
Whether we like it or not tomorrow comes. Promises and good intentions are either prioritized and met, or they continue to be pushed off for another day.
When my son excitedly asks me if it is tomorrow I smile and tell him, "Yes it is tomorrow." Then I try my best to explain that today is yesterday's tomorrow. How's that for confusing?
It is imperative that we understand that there is ultimately One who promises an indefinite tomorrow because of a greater good. That of saved lives for all of eternity:
The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9, NLT)
Jesus' tomorrow tarries so that we will turn. His promise for your next step seems to delay and the uncertainty seems daunting, yet...
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT)
Tomorrow will come. Eternity will commence. The next step will manifest itself.