It’s been a long few months. My family has been sick with the flu, with colds and with the complicating factors of my wife and eldest daughter’s asthma. On top of this my wife is now 32 weeks pregnant and while that is certainly reason for great joy, we have experienced a series of struggles throughout. There appeared to be some complications early in the pregnancy which weighed heavy upon us, not least because we have previously experienced two miscarriages. These concerns lessened as we passed into the second trimester only to be reawakened by possible anomalies on two separate ultrasounds. At this point, thankfully, things seem to be progressing well, but I have to admit that I'm just tired of dealing with the sickness the heartache and the junk that seem to accompany many days.
By God’s grace the burdens that we carry are probably far less than many others, but I’m tired of it because we were never created to have to deal with this stuff. The more I experience the trials of each day and as a Pastor, try to walk comfortingly alongside others as they face great challenges and heartache, the more I am reminded of how desperately broken this world is.
Our great and gracious God has made all things well, and yet, we live under the curse of the fall and we experience the reality of Adam’s sin as well as our own each and every day. How I long for the day of Christ’s return, I long for the restoration that He brings and for the promise:
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Rev 21:3-7)
Until that day, I am thankful that this same Sovereign and faithful God has given me His Spirit and daily strengthens me, not because I am worthy, but because I am in His Son. The words of the great Christmas carol Joy to the World resonate in my heart and my mind… He comes to make His blessings known, far as the curse is found. I am thankful for the blessings of Christ and His grace to me that while the reality of curse is everywhere to be seen, His grace to me is greater still.
Come quickly Lord Jesus, I’m longing for the day!