Good mornin’, PreciousOne!
“This is going to be a fun day!” Oh, if I only had a dime for every time I’ve heard our Luke say those words when he hurdles through the house in the morning . . . !!! One day this week as we were both going out the door, headed in opposite directions, he rattled off about ten reasons it would be a good day. My insides were screaming, “GLORY! GLORY! THANK YOU, JESUS!” He’s dealt with frustration from stinkin’ injuries … its been a goal-rerouting kind of year. Still – he chooses to look forward to the good God’s got coming his way next. He knows there’s bound to be some crap in the mix. But, in the big picture – with eternity as his goal – it’s all good.
I’m prepping for Sunday’s lesson on Eternity. Gives me goosebumps even to type the word: Eternity! Eternity! Eternity!
Like our youngest, we all have injury-ridden seasons, don’t we? Sometimes, it even seems like we live in a never-ending ‘age of injury’. It’s easy to get discouraged here in this period of time between “promise” and “fulfillment”. Jesus has promised this gig is temporary, then He will receive us into our forever-home = fulfillment. The enemy works in tired and worry and dismay every chance he gets – so that we will grow weary and explain away our Creator’s promises, and stop believing.
Eternity is the promise of a new body, but right now, you are still in that wheelchair.
It’s the promise of the pain ending one day, but right now you have chronic pain shooting down your legs. It’s the promise of a place of victory where your poor decisions of the past don’t still rattle your cage today with the beep-beep of “denied”, “denied”, “denied”.
It’s the promise of confidence, where shame has robbed you and kept you beat down.
It’s the promise of the empty seat at the breakfast table being filled by the presence of your child again . . . but, right now it’s just stories, and pictures and a few videos.
This in-between time is tough stuff. It is easy to get discouraged.
This is the phase that if we plan to make it through this time, we must open wide the pupils of our soul and let the LIGHT of our Savior flood in like a tsunami.
Oh, how my prayer for you is that you can see the end in the light of His GLORY – that you feel the pour of His pure GRACE! This skin is just a blip. Eternity is coming!
Wake up. Eternity’s in sight. Go.