At the personal level, God is there with us and for us and we draw great peace from this. Yet he is infinite and timeless and also goes ahead of us. And there is another whole level of peace as fellow travelers we have yet to enjoy.
The song “Already There” by Casting Crowns is written in the first person singular – I, me, my. There is wonderful peace in it.
But listen to it in the first person plural – we, us, our.
“From where we’re standing, Lord, it's so hard for us to see
Where this is going and where You're leading us.
We wish we knew how all our fears and all our questions
Are going to play out in a world we can't control.
From where You're standing, Lord, You see a grand design
That You imagined when You breathed us into life.
And all the chaos comes together in Your hands
Like a masterpiece of Your picture-perfect plan.
One day we’ll stand before You and look back on the life we've lived;
We can't wait to enjoy the view and see how all the pieces fit.
‘Cause You're already there, You're already there.
When we're lost in the mystery, to You our future is a memory
‘Cause You're already there, You're already there,
Standing at the end of our lives, waiting on the other side
And You're already there, You're already there!
There is great peace in unity. The peace of a rushing river at Streamside.
This is our common DNA.