I love the Winter Olympics (except for ice dancing, but that’s a post for another time). I’m a sports fan in general, and the Olympics showcase a lot of sports that I don’t follow on a regular basis. It reminds me that the sporting world is bigger than baseball and football.
Some people will argue that some of the Olympic events are boring. Particularly the ones that take a long time.
For example, no one can deny the excitement of short track speed skating. It’s fast. It’s intense. And it’s over quickly.
But different speed skating events…like the 10,000 meter, for example…can be a different story. They move at a much slower pace. And the events take a long time to develop.
But I still like these longer events. Maybe it’s because I see more of a connection between those events and everyday life.
A lot of times, we want life to operate like short track. We want it to come fast. We want to see results immediately.
But in reality, life is much more akin to the 10,000 meters. It’s not about instant gratification. It’s much more about a consistent effort. And the end result takes a while to develop.
For example, parenting isn’t short track. It’s 10,000 meters. It’s about a consistent, daily effort. It’s moms and dads who keep going when they’re not seeing results. It’s making mistakes, and then making course corrections. It’s trusting that God will honor your faithfulness. It’s about patiently waiting for the end result.
And that’s just one example. So many things in life require the long view. But it’s very easy to get mired in difficult moments.
“Why is this happening?”
“Why did this NOT happen?”
“I don’t know if this is ever going to get better.”
“I feel like giving up.”
That’s a short track view. And unfortunately, life isn’t short track. But thankfully, we have a God who isn’t bound by moments. He’s not bound by decades, or centuries, or even millennia. God sees eternity, end to end. He takes the ultimate long view of things. He sees them in the scope of eternity.
The next time you feel yourself getting mired in the moment, stop. Take a breath. And pray something like this: “God, I don’t understand what’s going on. My vantage point is limited, and all I can see is this moment. But You see all eternity. Help me to trust your viewpoint instead of mine. I trust that you will use this difficult moment for your glory and my good.”
That won’t automatically make things easier, but it’s one step toward getting off the short track.
Mike Edmisten is Senior Pastor at Connect Christian Church