We had some strong storms recently. The lightning crashed, the rain fell, and the wind blew something fierce. As to be expected, there was damage throughout the town; limbs down, power out, light damage to homes and property. As I made my way out of town I thought to myself, “Isn’t this like life?”
For the most part, we all just go along about life without thinking very hard about mundane things like the simple act of going to bed, it’s a routine. Then out of nowhere life’s storms strike and our mundaneness is disrupted. All of us suffer minor damages at times, like those caused by the weather, and sometimes we suffer major damage. Instead of our houses being severely damaged, like a tree coming through the roof, we get told we have cancer and we are going to need radiation or possibly chemotherapy, someone very close is either ill or dying. Things like this can be devastating, especially if our compasses are not affixed to Christ as our true north.
But, as I was driving out to church this morning, the sun broke through the dark grey clouds and just shown down in all its glory. A phrase came into my head, “and then the sun came out.” We must remember and really have faith that the storms will cease and that we can repair the damage. It might not be perfect, but we repair the damage as best we can. We take steps to heal and mend our broken bodies.
Maybe the source of our pain is this world. This idea of the sun coming out can be applied to that as well. In the end, this world, a world filled with all sorts of suffering and strife, will get bathed in the light of the “son.” It WILL get better. The apostle Paul writes in Hebrews 12:2 (AMPC):
2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
That’s my anchor point and yours as well. Hold on to Jesus Christ and do not let go! Keep your mind focused on His ways and to what He says throughout the New Testament; be of good courage. Ignore the world!
In the end, when the world is on the brink of collapse, and it will be, the Son will come out.
Revelation 21:4, 6-7, 23, 25 (AMPC)
4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.
6 And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain [springs] of the water of Life. 7 He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.
23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance [glory] of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp.
25 And its gates shall never be closed by day, and there shall be no night there.
The sun will come out and we are going to be ok.