A few days ago, I was sitting in the floor of my room, surrounded by piles of clothes, scattered books, and random clutter.
I had a mile-long to-do list, but no motivation or energy to accomplish anything.
And as I was cowering on the floor, completely overwhelmed and almost to the point of exhaustion, I thought to myself: is this vacation even going to be worth all of this trouble?
Now, I know I was being just a touch overdramatic, but if you have ever had to pack a suitcase with everything you need for a week to the TSA’s standards, you feel my pain.
But here’s the point—sitting in the floor that day, I could not see the bigger picture. I couldn’t see the beautiful views and gorgeous beaches in my future. I couldn’t imagine how much fun I’d have snorkeling and exploring. I lost faith in how much fun this vacation was going to be. Because, I will tell you right now, this vacation was so worth the stress of packing.
I can’t help feeling that the same thing happens to us as Christians. Sometimes, we get so focused on the pressures and worries of this world, that we forget that this isn’t our eternity.
This reminds me of a passage of scripture in Romans 8:18-25:
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)”
Whatever pain we endure, whether it be sickness, or hurting hearts, or just the strain of everyday life, it’s nothing compared to the eternal hope that we have in our everlasting life with our Savior Jesus Christ. And, friends, we cannot even imagine what wonderful things are ahead of us.
1 Peter 1:6 says “so be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”
A few days ago, I was overwhelmed by the stress of packing.
Now, I’m looking at a crystal clear blue ocean, sea breeze keeping me cool, praising God for His magnificent creation.
While it is true that in a few more days, I will be headed home, back to my normal life, which is not without its fair share of worry and stress, I’m encouraged by the assurance that one day, this life will end, and I will get to experience eternal peace, see unimaginable glory, and spend the rest of time with my friend and my Lord Jesus Christ. I pray you are too.
And if you haven’t come to know Jesus as your Savior and Comforter, feel free to message us at Woven Together. We’d love to share with you!