John 14:3, NLT
Grief. It is hard. But it only comes because of the cause of the fall.
Death. It was not meant to be. It was not for us.
Disability. It is not how we were supposed to be.
When sin entered into this world, Adam and Eve and all of Creation started decaying. No more was the beauty of God's perfect world. Now evil could enter in. Now things would be sad. Sorrow could reign. Death became a reality.
I am sitting in literal darkness. The light is off because I am trying to keep a migraine away yet my soul is aching due to the loss of my father-in-law.
I thought I really knew grief. After all, I grieve most daily. I grieve over the decay of my family's minds and bodies. I rest in the hope that God is going to make all things new.
Yet the reality is, as we live in this present world, we will suffer. Whether it be disability, persecution, or death. Our hope is in the unfailing love of Christ to restore all these things and make them new and right as they were always meant to be.
Sin had a harsh penalty on all of humanity. Yet, Jesus came down and entered into our suffering anyway. He is making all things new again. God uses all of the pain and sorrow of this present life for His greater purposes.
He uses the trials to conform us more and more into His image. It is preparing us for glory. In this ache, we can experience the longing of life with Christ.
In all the heartache and pain that this life has to offer. I must remember the promise that He is coming back for us. At that in proper time, He will return and take us home.
Let all the hard things in the here and now train us for then. For there, we will no longer have any sin or pain. I cannot imagine what glory waits for us then but I know it will outweigh any pain we had here. But now, as we tarry here and journey home, let us make the most of our time by bringing Him the most glory. May we encourage one another to wait well for He is coming soon.
Pray: Father, Help us to keep our eyes focused on eternity and what is to come. Thank you for making all things new. Help us wait well for your return by making the most of our time. In Jesus Name. Amen.
~ Angela Parsley