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I Crave Eternity

“The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

 

I have not updated this blog in quite a while. In fact, I’ve greatly neglected it. Both of you who try to regularly keep up with this blog have not had a hard time doing so. And I feel you deserve an explanation. So here goes…

Just a few days before Christmas (it was happenly my birthday), we received a startling phone call. Someone in our family needed help and needed help NOW. My husband, being the selfless man that he is, took off in a hurry to attend to the needs of this individual.

And that was the day our lives were turned upside down.

Life, as we knew it, was gone.

I can clearly say that the past several months have been without a doubt some of the hardest and most challenging times of my life, my husband’s, and both of our son’s.

Yes, that one event did start it, but the tough times have been more than that one event. It has been a compilation of countless difficulties. I cannot even begin to list them all here. It just seems to be one thing after another, after another, after another. Just today my husband had an eye surgery.

And I am exhausted.

My husband is exhausted.

So are our boys.

We just want “normal” to return. We don’t want any more drama. We crave rest and time spent together as a family.

Recently a friend of mine asked me what good I can see that has come out of all this. The answer was not hard to find.

It has caused us to crave eternity more.

Sometimes life here on earth is not too bad. Things are going smoothly and we enjoy it. We enjoy our friends, jobs, spouses, schools, churches, social gatherings, homes, vacations, vehicles, and many other wonderful gifts the Lord has given us. And that’s okay. They are gifts from Him and He wants us to enjoy them.

 

But there can be a problem when we enjoy the gifts so greatly that we forget to delight and crave the Giver. Certainly, something might be wrong if we are so content here on earth that we have little or even no desire for eternity.

Looking back now, I’m afraid this is where I may have found myself last December when the phone rang. I was living with contentment.

Oh how I crave eternity now!

Often, I just want to go to bed, pull covers up over my head, and never come out. I just want to shut life out.

Ever been there?

Good, then you understand.

Dear friends, there is a reason why we encounter hard times. If everything were rainbows, unicorns, and flowers, would you really have any desire for eternity? Would you deeply want Christ? Would you long to bask in the glory of God forever?

There is no longer a “normal” at our house. We take each day at a time and as it is dealt to us. We are tired and we are weary. Things are very hard and difficult. At times we may even feel that we can’t go on.

But, we are terribly homesick for eternity.

 

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  1 Peter 5:10-11

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Yes, There Is A Purpose

 

The past three weeks have been especially tough for my church family.

First, a delightfully sweet man was rushed to the ER with chest pains. A few hours later he had a heart attack and immediate surgery was necessary. Next, a young family had to rush their fifteen year old daughter to the hospital because she was in need of a transfusion. In an entirely different family, a young father was diagnosed with a “weakened heart”.

I believe that nearly everyone in my church have broken hearts for all these families.

But then today, another email from the mother of the girl I spoke of above was sent out. In addition to all the other sufferings she has endured already, she has now developed blood clots. And have I mentioned that she’s been in the hospital for a week and a half already?

That’s it!

Enough is enough!

I can’t take this anymore!

I fall to my knees, “Lord, please help them,” I beg.

I am reminded to dive into the Scriptures. I open them up to Psalms. Every emotion possible is captured in that book. Anger, despair, joy, love, hurt, grief, it’s all there.

I am pointed to Psalm 107. As I read it, I can’t help but to notice the recurring theme of troubles and deliverance. It is clear that yes, we have troubles, but with it also comes the peace that our Lord gives by knowing and trusting in His deliverance.

I wish I could make everything better for these three people. I really do. I wish I could wave a magic wand and restore all of them to health. But I can’t. I’m just not capable of that. I don’t have that power or authority.

And so I fall to my knees and petition the Lord on their behalf. I beg for His mercy. I plead for His goodness. I ask for the Great Physician to use His healing touch. I request His deliverance.

Please don’t get me wrong, just because I desire something does not mean that He is going to give it to me. He is not a genie in a lamp. He is way more powerful than that and is not near sighted. He sees the picture, the whole picture. Parts of the picture that you and I cannot see.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts,” Isaiah 55:8-9.

As a child of the One True God, I take comfort in that. “Not My will, but Yours, will be done,” (Luke 22:42). I don’t always understand things going on around me. I don’t understand why such a loving man would have a heart attack, why a young girl would have such health problems, or a father would have a weakened heart. I don’t understand. And that’s okay. On this side of heaven, I probably won’t.

But I can take comfort in the certainty that these things are not happening outside of the Lord’s hand. They are not being done in vain. There is a purpose.

Does it make these things easy? No, not at all.

They are still hard. Very, very hard.

But we are Pilgrims on this journey together. There are trials and temptations that we will face. When these come around, we MUST keep our eyes focused on eternity. We cannot allow the temporal pains of this world to take your eyes off Jesus.

I know it’s hard. I know times are rough. Surround yourself with you brothers and sisters in Christ. Draw strength and encouragement from them. Allow yourself to be transparent enough to receive their love. Take comfort in knowing that they are lifting you up in prayer. Trust in His deliverance. And let that bring you peace.

 

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Mundane Motherhood

 

As wives and mothers, our lives can be fairly mundane. We prepare meals, wash clothes, clean the toilet, wipe noses, change diapers, vacuum floors, and countless other jobs that would be impossible to list here. It is very easy to get caught up in all the daily needs. The world is brimming over with nearsightedness for motherhood and if we are not exceptionally careful, we forget why we are even doing the things we are doing.

It is when the mundane looms larger than eternity that we forget who we are, who our husband is, and who our children really belong to.

But ladies, I am praying that you do not forget your importance as a wife and/or mother. Keeping this in perspective will help our eyes to stay focused on the horizons of eternity.

Think about it this way… If you are a wife, you are a wife because that is what God has called you to be. Your influence upon your husband is greater than you may think and more powerful than you will probably ever know. He cannot be the man God has called him to be without your support. God blesses him through your service and honors him through your love.

Even as precious as your children are to you, they are even more precious to God. As much as you love them, God still loves them more. God has entrusted them into your care to raise for Him. What you invest in them is an offering to God.

Much of what we do is hidden from the public eye. Most will never be acknowledged by anyone. But we are not wasting our life. Nothing we are doing is done in vain. We are investing time and energy for the building of the Kingdom. It is not our job to be leaders of the church. It is our job to raise leaders for the church.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ,” (Colossians 3:23-24).

I often hear that verse speaking straight to me. We receive very little remuneration here on earth. But if we keep our eyes focused on Christ, then we don’t want to. We want to receive our rewards in eternity, remembering that He is our prize.

So who cares if we don’t get thanked for remembering to cut the sandwich in half before we give it to our preschooler? It has not gone unnoticed. God has observed.  Your obedience and dedication to your family shines like a bright light before them and up to Him. What you are doing is not easy, but continue on. Remember that you are a servant of the One True God. Do all to please Him!

 

“But the wisest of women builds her house,” (Proverbs 14:1).

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