As I popped the last and crispiest fry into my mouth, my two-year-old’s sweet but scavenger-like voice carried from the back seat, “Can I have one more, Mom?”
“Sorry, Kiddo,” I wiped the excess salt from my fingers. “That was the last one. Plus you already ate at least half of them, not that I’m keeping track or anything.”
“Aw man,” she drawled, “I wish there were more—I wuv fries.”
“Me too, girl, but all good things must come to an end.”
“That’s not true.” I glanced over my shoulder, surprised to meet my son’s steady gaze. His head had been buried in a book, and I didn’t think he was listening. Like a turtle from its shell, he’d emerged for a moment to share his thoughts.
“What’s not true?” I asked.
“What you said. That all good things have to end. Here on this earth they might end. But in heaven, they never will.” His head disappeared behind his book again.
“Well, um. Yes.” The silence that followed punctuated my oh-so-eloquent response.
I thought about my son’s words for the remainder of the drive.
Our desire for good things to last a little longer—one more day of vacation, one last joke, or one more fry—is a whisper of a deeper reality. Our hearts desire peace, contentment, and a sense of rest not just for a moment, but for eternity.
In the last several weeks, our world has come screeching to a halt. Coronavirus has taken many of us by surprise, and this new life full of social distancing and hoarding toilet paper has brought to the surface our dependence and quest for security from temporary “good things.”
Will the absence of regular routines, social interaction, and comforts break us?
In the Psalms 16:8-9, David writes, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.”
David knew a thing or two about difficulties in this life. He spent much time on the run from a man whose greatest desire was to kill him. So what was the source of his security?
I have set the Lord always before me.
When our eyes are set firmly on Christ, our security and hope are no longer in things that are temporary—”good things” that will come to an end. Rather, our hope is in the one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And with our feet planted on such a firm foundation we will not be shaken by the temporary insecurities this life is sure to bring.
Jesus is our one good thing, and because of his work on the cross, we have an eternity with him that will never come to an end.
This article originally appeared on Just18Summers.com.