“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