Are We There Yet?

Summertime is nearly here, which means a break from school, longer days in the sunshine, and… a summer road trip. In our family, we anticipate our road trips so much that in the winter we start planning (or arguing about) what we will listen to for endless hours of summer driving. We begin our road trip with great enthusiasm, but the excitement inevitably wears off and someone asks, “Are we there yet?” And that’s just in the first hour of a twelve-hour drive.

As believers in Jesus and members of his church, we ask the same question throughout our lives. We are on a journey toward a specific destination… an everlasting kingdom ruled by our eternal King, Jesus. In that coming Kingdom, we will experience the righteousness, justice, and peace all people desire. In this life, we look forward to that Kingdom, so we keep asking, “How much longer until we get there?”

In a book exploring the missional work of the church, Leslie Newbigin wrote, “The church lives in the midst of history as a sign, instrument, and foretaste of the reign of God.” We believe all human history is driving to a destination where Jesus will make all things right under his authority. We also realize we aren’t there yet. However, in the middle of human history, together we are a reminder that the eternal King lives and will return to establish his kingdom. We also have the opportunity to experience a sample of the greatness and glory His kingdom will bring.

Yesterday, we experienced one of those beautiful moments of unity and joy as parents dedicated themselves and their children to God while the church affirmed our support for them. If you missed this service, you can participate here. Continue on our road trip through Proverbs and discover wisdom for life in our Fool Proof series again next week. You might even consider who you could invite to join you onsite or online.

We’re not there yet,


Titus O’Bryant
Teaching & Executive Pastor of Ministries