Where and When

The following are the opening lines from the song, “Right Here Right Now” by Jesus Jones (c) 1991

A woman on the radio talked about revolution

when it's already passed her by

Bob Dylan didn't have this to sing about

you know it feels good to be alive

I was alive and I waited, waited

I was alive and I waited for this

Right here, right now

there is no other place I want to be

Right here, right now

watching the world wake up from history

I believe that no matter when you live there is always something terrible and yet also something amazing going on. This song was inspired by the late 80s, particularly Perestroika in the Soviet Union. I wonder if they knew when they were writing this song that the year it was released would also be the year that the Berlin Wall came down?

People sometimes wish they could have lived during simpler days. People often look back on the past with a certain nostalgia. I was born in 1961. Would I like to have been born twenty years earlier? I think not, because then I would have been a young adult during Vietnam and even if I did not go to war, I would have had to deal with the Bay of Pigs at least mentally.

Holocaust Remembrance Day just passed. What a tragedy that was, I am glad that I did not live then, although there was much to celebrate when World War II was finally over.

No matter where or no matter when you and I might live or have wanted to live, there is one constant and it is our one and only hope, Jesus.

John 1:1-5 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

This tells us that God has always been there. Let me be clear, by God, I am referring to Jesus. Jesus was ALWAYS there. God’s plan in the beginning was for Jesus to die and save us. Jesus was not a Plan B.

God has always been on his throne. He currently still is in charge, even if things like the Corona virus come around. He will continue to be on the throne forever. God is eternal. “Right here, right now” this time is passing away. Today is merely a season in our life and spiritual journey. Some days it feels like we are in the fire. I think that time will often show us that maybe, just maybe, God was using the fire to forge us.

Maybe he is forging you into a hammer or some other kind of tool, in order to better serve him? Maybe he is forging you into a sword or some other kind of weapon, in order to fight on the front lines of the spiritual warfare that takes place.

My prayer is, God help us this Lent, with all of the things going on in the world, our country, and our lives. Help us to not dwell on our circumstances, but to turn to you more wholly and more obediently. Help us to know what to do and what to say when we see someone who is not dealing well right now. Help us to me in the moment and to truly listen. Thank you Lord for the Lenten season. Help each of us to set aside the time we need to draw closer to you. Thank you Lord Jesus for all that you have done for us, especially as we draw closer and closer to Good Friday. Thank you Holy Spirit for being with us now to guide, comfort, and counsel. Thank you Father God that you are still on the throne. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.