“Are We There Yet?”
Paul L. Garlington
 
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (Jm 1:4 KJV) Does there exist anywhere that “rare” parent whose reservoir of patience was not dangerously exhausted by the relentless, yea even, tormenting question, “Are we there yet?” Nevertheless, when it comes to patience, all too often we are faced with the embarrassing truth that we haven’t progressed much farther than when we were kids beginning the annual family vacation. It would seem that if this were a journey of no distance, returning to a place we never left, becoming what we already are, and acquiring what we never lost, then one’s lack of patience is more correctly a pressing need for revelation.

Why would one be impatient to arrive at a place he never left, unless such a one was still, at best, in two minds about his true location? If, in point of fact, you are perfect, complete, lacking in nothing, then why this incessant striving to “become”, instead of rejoicing in your glorious present state of being? Could it be that the testimony of your experience, supported by your senses, has more credibility to you than the truth itself? “Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.’” (Hab 2:2,3) This indescribably glorious vision of who, what and where you are now waits exclusively for one thing and one thing only...the appointed time.

What, pray tell, is this critically important appointed time, apart from which, the vision will not and cannot be realized? It is the same appointed time that God referred to when He said to Abraham, “Is anything too difficult (wonderful) for God? At the appointed time (festive gathering, joyful celebration of God/good as all there is) I will return to you, at this time next year (i.e., when the festival times of celebration are restored), and Sarah shall have a son (i.e., the vision realized in experience).” (Gen 18:14) Is it any wonder that Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced (lit. grk. in order that he might see) to see My day and he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56)

When God, who calls the things into being that do not exist, said to Abraham, “A father of many nations have I made you (past completed action), Abram immediately changed his name to Abraham (i.e., father of a multitude) signifying his total acceptance of, “I AM ALL THAT NOW.” Hence, he rejoiced with joy unspeakable and full of glory, never staggering in unbelief.

It is imperative that the impatient one realize the sobering fact that, “Speed Kills!” far more often than it succeeds in getting you to your destination any faster. How many times have we exceeded the speed limit only to be unexpectedly detained by a traffic jam, construction, or major accident caused by another speeder? Apparently, we were in a big hurry to wait. Have you noticed as we would sit there chafing and making ourselves more and more miserable, the last thing we wanted to do is pop in a tape on enjoying the journey? Moreover, have you also observed that speeders are seldom, if ever, responsible for the pain, suffering and carnage caused by their speeding? You see, they are totally convinced if all the other incompetent drivers would just get off the road and leave the driving to the professionals, they could happily move on with the speed of light. Do you see it? It isn’t their speeding that is the problem. It’s everybody else’s incompetence that is the real culprit. Conclusion: Impatience with the journey that leads to a futile attempt to speed up omniaction does only harm and never any good.

What’s your hurry all about? The life that God is IS the life that I am and it is eternal, birthless, ageless and deathless existence with fullness of joy. Do you get it? Why are you rushing? We’ve got eternity! There are no deadlines or drop dead dates. “I will not leave you,” says the Lord, “Until I have accomplished all my will concerning you.” Since God is doing the work, why are you anxious? Just abide in the awareness that God as you is faithful. Because God is all there is of all that I am, and God cannot deny Himself, was the outcome ever in doubt? He who believes this will not make haste. “As surely as live,” said the Lord, “All the earth shall be filled with my glory,” and I am the glo-ray of God, that point where God for His own good pleasure shines forth in transcendent beauty as all that I am. “Christ liveth me.” It was from this vantage point that Aleister Crowley said, “I have omnipotence at my command, and eternity at my disposal.” In other words, as Chris Rock would say, “Slow down!” What’s the rush all about? What are you fearing? God is not only doing His thing as you, “But He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What hast Thou done?’” (Dan 4:35)

When James said, “Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing,” he was not describing a state of being yet to be attained, but a glorious, present reality waiting to be experienced. Oh my, there’s that awful word again, “wait”. For most of us, it remains the most profane four letter word that has ever been uttered. We would rather suffer the profane, drunken conversation of sailors on leave than hear God say, “Yet a little while, and he (it, she) that shall come, will come and it will not tarry.” Will not tarry!? What, for God’s sake, do you call what I’ve been doing? Lord, exactly how do you define, “yet a little while”? So what in the world must we wait for? The vision! Moreover, the irony of the situation is that the vision has been waiting on you all the while you have been insisting that you had been waiting on it. The vision must wait until we: 1) See it; and 2) Celebrate it. To this end, Habakkuk councils us to record it and inscribe it on tablets that we will keep it ever before our eyes and vibrantly alive in the midst of our hearts. As a result of which, it (the vision) will soon burn within us like fire shut up in our bones compelling us to break forth into joyful celebration.

See It! But you may say, “What does this have to do with waiting?” “And now, here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it.” However, belief in two powers has caused our hearts to be darkened by futile speculations and vain imaginings. It is this phenomenon that has caused our hearts, “to be rendered insensitive, our ears dull and our eyes dim, lest we see with our eyes (it is so now), hear with our ears (the perpetual celebration of the Father’s house), understand with our hearts (i.e., because it is no longer darkened), and return (i.e., rise up and join the celebration already in progress), and be healed!”

Do you see it? Isn’t it wonderful!? We are waiting for the mud to settle, the fog to lift, the storm to cease, the fear to subside (all produced by futile speculation), so that our vision is no longer obscured. “Then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and rejoice because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of the nations will come to you.” Until then, be still. After having done all to be still, be yet more still and know God as all there is of all that I am. As you persistently ascribe glory to God as all that is, the mud will settle, the clouds will disperse, and the fog will be burned off by the rising sun of revelation that your whole earth is full of God’s glory, and every bush is burning with the presence of the one God, yet strangely not consumed.

Celebrate It! Remember, the vision waits solely for the appointed time and the appointed time is the festive gathering where our hearts are united in rejoicing that it is so now. Are we ready to declare, along with the sweet singer of Israel (Is-real), “Thou wilt arise and have compassion on Zion for it is time to be gracious to her, for the appointed time has come”? “Behold now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation.” Rise up and rejoice with me for the appointed time is now. Isn’t it ironic, all this time that you have been chafing, trying to wait on the Lord, the vision has been waiting on you?

If your heart has been ravished, enlightened and thrilled by a revelation of God, then let the celebration begin. If you’ve seen beyond the veil of unbelief that the whole earth, even now, is full of His glory, then get busy, break forth, sing a new song, join the celebration. “Shout for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done it! Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth; break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it; for the Lord has redeemed Jacob and in Israel, He shows forth his glory.” Isaiah made it very clear that when the cobwebs of years of futile speculation is swept away, you will, “See and recognize, and consider and gain insight as well, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.” (Is 44:23; 41:20) “Listen! My beloved! He is coming (i.e., God as the vision fulfilled), climbing on the mountains, leaping on the hills!” (Song 2:28) Can’t you feel it? He has come to join the celebration! Because we have glorified God in the desert place, God has turned our captivity and transformed the desert into an oasis.

From now on, “Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create (remember, there is no other power, hence no other creator); for behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing and her people for gladness. Are we there yet? The destination IS the journey. Are we there yet? All that the Father has is ours right this minute. Moreover, even if we are faithless in our celebration of these truths, God forever remains faithful for He cannot deny Himself. Hence, years of denial cannot change the unchangeable. It is this vision that waits on you. Are we there yet? The vision is so now. You, yes you, are all that now for the vision cannot and will not lie. Let us arise and begin the celebration for the vision waits only for the appointed time.

 
 

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