Monday, November 16, 2009

Something's Not Quite Right!

For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:19-22, NLT)

The other day, I was rushing around the house in my usual morning frenzy to get my kids off to school on time. As I set up the 5 medications my youngest daughter needs just to get through each day, a thought hit me like a ton of bricks: This is not quite right. How much additional stress there is having to go through administering these drugs, each in a specific way, in order for her to function. What would it be like to not have to concern ourselves with such things?

Yesterday, it was my son's turn. Mondays are hard enough for the average person, but ours always includes an IV infusion of clotting factor. Tears ran down our boy's face as he met the routine with reluctance. "Can you imagine what it's like to be me?", he proclaimed. My heart broke once again thinking, This is not quite right.

Times like these can be incredibly isolating. We can feel like the world marches on in beautiful normalcy as we struggle through our dysfunctional days. Bitter feelings of jealousy and injustice can even rear their ugly heads if we allow them to.

It's times like these that I need a revelation of "the big picture". Today's Scripture reminds us that even nature, ALL of creation, groans expectantly for things to be the way God intended them to be. Since the first 2 human beings made the choice to disobey God and allow sin into this world, NOTHING has been quite right! We're on Satan's turf now, and it's pretty ugly.

While it's easy to delude ourselves or to be deluded by the pretensions of others, NO life is without its share of struggles. I once had a woman ask me, "Why don't you hang around more normal people like us?" I laughed to myself as I pondered what she considered "normal". She had fooled herself into thinking that her struggling marriage, infertility troubles, and raging battle with her brother were "normal". One family may be facing cancer, another joblessness, another drug addiction. What fools are we to think there's any such thing as normal in this life!

What gives us hope is the fact that Jesus gave His life in order to restore our lives back to their intended state. All we have to do is accept His free gift of salvation and restoration is ours. Not only do we have the excitement of knowing that creation will be returned to its intended grandeur in the future, we receive the joy of strength for the living today! Only our amazing God can take the imperfections of now and use them to reveal His wondrous, beautiful glory to us. And that awe is enough to eclipse ANYTHING in our lives that is not quite right!

1 comment:

  1. As they say, everyone is normal until you get to know them, ha, ha! Sometimes all is not as it seems. Great post :)