For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Cor. 4:17).
But sometimes our troubles seem neither momentary nor light.
Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Col. 3:1-4).
But despite my very best efforts sometimes my thoughts remain weighed down by the issues of life.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
But there is suffering in this present time.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
But all things most certainly are not good …
At least not yet.
I love God’s word. I really, really love his word. I’ve hidden it in my heart. I always want to remember his words of hope — love — and life. Words that speak of his glory. Because sometimes only his words will do. Only his word illuminates. Only his word strengthens and heals. Only his word is an anchor in the storm.
Only his word is Truth.
However, another very real aspect of truth is that right now we are living between two realities. We live in between the higher reality of heaven–of his kingdom–and the much messier reality of our current circumstances here on earth.
In the “in between” sometimes there is no understanding. There are no explanations. There are no nice tidy boxes to wrap up the messy parts of our lives. There is no doctrine, no theology, no scriptural band-aids that take away the very really pain of day-to-day life.
But there is Jesus.
And he far transcends mere theology.
There’s something about him. Something so real. Something tangible. Something I’ve only tasted in his presence. Something immovable. Something unshakable. Something undeniable.
Knowing Jesus has never slapped a smiley face on my life and kept me from pain and struggle. Far from it. But knowing him — really knowing him — knowing the transcendence of his presence and tasting the riches of his love — has done something to me.
It’s given me hope …
Even when I don’t understand.
Lately there is a lot I don’t understand. And if you are anything like the people I talk to on a day-to-day basis, I’m sure there are a lot of things you don’t understand either. But when faced with things I don’t understand, I’ve learned to hold onto to what I know to be true. And what I know to be true is his love. His peace. His goodness. His faithfulness.
And the joy and freedom I’ve personally tasted in his presence.
Right now we are living in between. But those two realities are colliding. His kingdom WILL come–on earth as it is in heaven. That’s been God’s plan all along. Even though I don’t currently live in the higher reality of his kingdom all the time, that doesn’t make it any less real. That doesn’t make it any less desirable.
It doesn’t make it any less possible.
I’m not talking about denying the pain of life. And I’m not talking about pretending we’re further along than we are. Denial and fake spirituality have never done anyone any good. But I am talking about discipline. And it most definitely is a discipline to take our thoughts captive to the Truth and set our minds and hearts on things above.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t do that perfectly. Not even remotely close. I fail all the time. Sometimes miserably. I’m still living in between. And I know Jesus will still love me exactly the same whether I ever get any better at it or not. But one thing I am convinced of is this–setting our minds and hearts on the greater reality of God’s kingdom is a discipline worth pursuing …
No matter how many times we fail.
Because it’s better there. And what I lay hold of there, dramatically affects reality here. Not just my reality …
But yours, too.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. –-2 Cor. 4:18
Oh Lord, let your kingdom come and your will be done–on earth as it is in heaven!
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I tried to leave a message last night on my i-pad and for some reason it would not post.
So here I am in the morning, thinking of you. May you sense a fresh touch of the wind of the Spirit this morning. Breathe upon Cindy’s heart, mind, and spirit, dear Father. Help her to wade into the middle of healing streams of love and joy. Give her an abundant overflowing joy of the Lord, as she experiences your touch once more.
Hugs dear sister I’ve yet to meet!
Thank you for your sweet prayer–yes, amen, and hugs and abundant blessings right back to you!
wow Cindy! Perfect timing! I love you and your faithfulness to share your journey with God which blesses me!!! Love you!
Love you too, Mel. We need a taco date soon 🙂
2 Corinthians 4:17 was one of my “anchors” while we walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Death with my mom. It seemed much more than light or momentary so long as I kept focused on the circumstances. Once I lifted my eyes to Jesus and His promise that “this mortality shall be swallowed up by life,” I realized that compared to forever, this little inch of time really isn’t much.
Great post. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by LBH. It’s always great to meet yet another sister. 🙂
May the Lord enlarge your borders through your blog and grant you a great harvest for your labor here!
Love in Christ,
Praising Jesus forever!
Thanks for visiting and for commenting, Tami. So true–forever is a whole lot longer than the “blip” we call life here and now. Look forward to reading more on your blog 🙂 Blessings and joy to you!
“But when faced with things I don’t understand, I’ve learned to hold onto to what I know to be true. And what I know to be true is his love. His peace. His goodness. His faithfulness.” that sums that up, so a BIG AMEN to that!!!
Shalom to you Cindy.
And to you Juanita-pita 🙂 Always good to hear from you! xoxo