As we traveled across country on our summer trips all the kids would ask: "Are we there yet?" I remember asking, my kids all asked and I suspect my grandkids will too. I have wondered if the kids on the wagon trains making their way out west asked that question. Or if the children of Israel tramping through the wilderness asked? I know that David asked the Lord many times: "How long?" The martyred saints in Revelation six asked: "How long?" My dad on his deathbed woke up one last time and wanted to know if He was in heaven yet. Shortly after, he was, he was there with the Lord.
Paul wrote: For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (Romans 8:22 NKJV) Even creation wants to know: "How Long, Are we there yet?" Me too! In Isaiah 61:11 we read: For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. (Isaiah 61:11 KJV) I love this promise for it speaks of the planting of the Lord. He has sown righteousness and praise and it will spring forth. The death and decay of today will give away and in its place will come righteousness and praise.
If you read the news you know that just the opposite is with us now. All we see is despair that causes groaning: murder, strife, war, violence, hatred, rebellion, robbery and more. But, the Lord is sowing righteousness and peace and praise will spring forth. I can't wait, are we there yet?