Today’s Suffering and Tomorrow’s Hope

[He will wipe away all tears from their eyes]

We’ve been through a fare bit in the last few years. We’re not the only ones. We’re watching those around us go through it too. To be honest, it’s been more difficult to watch others suffering. I always have hope. I just hope that those who are going through the hardest things are clinging to that hope as I am.

Today’s Suffering

This isn’t what I’d planned on posting today. I was going to acknowledge the nomination that I received for the Barnabas Award (and I still will), but Tuesday morning knocked the wind out of our sails.  We received the news that one of Andrew’s best friends through highschool (also best man at our wedding) lost his 16 year old son, Johnny. Suddenly everything seemed so unimportant.

I emailed a couple of close friends to ask them to pray, and wrote to one of them, “How do you rejoice when the people you care about are suffering and grieving?” It was a somber and tearful morning. We grieve with those who are grieving. We also have very few words in times like these. You can’t take someone’s pain away, but we do have hope.

Today’s Suffering is Nothing Compared to Tomorow’s Hope

This may sound as if it downplays today’s pain, but it doesn’t.  We may have suffering now, but for those who know Jesus, our suffering is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18-31What does this mean? It means that for a short time we will experience pain, but for those who love God, no suffering is ever a waste.  God works it for good according to what He wants to achieve. (Romans 8:28)

“Sometimes God allows what He hates to accomplish what He loves.” –Joni Eareckson Tada

Tommorow’s Hope

When Jesus returns, and God’s children are revealed (those who have given their lives to Jesus) there will be rejoicing. God Himself will wipe the tears from our eyes. Everything we’ve ever known will disappear.  It will be a thing of the past. Things will be completely different. There will be no more pain or suffering, no more grief and no more death. We’ll be reunited with the ones we’ve lost, and as a woman who gives birth forgets her pain, we will forget our pain also.

So for now we have troubles. We’ll grieve, and may even experience days we wish we were never born, as some of our prominent Bible characters did (Job 3:1-19Jeremiah 15:10Ecclesiastes 4:2-3), but if we will cling to Jesus, He will mercifully carry us through. Our advocate the Holy Spirit will comfort us in our deepest despair until the day when all suffering will cease.

However, we only get one lifetime to make our choice, and we aren’t promised tomorrow. It’s better to let Jesus lead, and suffer a little now, than to suffer for all eternity. (Mark 8:36Fortunately, Johnny did know the Lord. His family does have this comfort in their grieving, and hope for tommorow.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. –Romans 10:9-1

“He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.” (Revelation 21:4)

Next—>Sometimes He Stills that Surging Sea Within

If you’re interested in following this series, all posts can be found here. And the first post in this series can be found right here: Faith: Mapped

14 Thoughts

  1. Oh Tina, it is so sad to hear about the loss of a young life. It was reassuring to hear that Johnny knew the Lord and you can hold on to the hope that there is an end to all of this pain when we will be with our Lord. And while we are here the Holy Spirit will comfort you and carry you through.
    Praying for you Tina, May the Lord bless you with an extra pouring of His strength, comfort and peace at this time. May you stay steady in your focus on HIM as you go through this dark valley. 🤗

    1. Thank you so much. Right now I am so grateful that the Sun and the Son is shining. I felt so saddened by that news. Suddenly nothing was important, but there was God’s voice in me telling me to keep going. “Don’t stop now.” but what was I supposed to do? I was looking at my writing feeling as if nothing was appropriate, but I knew I had to post something, so I wrote what was on my heart.

      Writing helps so much to put everything into perspective. No, it doesn’t take away the grief that we will experience, but hope helps us to keep going.

      I’ve learned so much this season. I never thought that I’d get stronger, or become more patient, but He’s doing it. I’m getting there. And you know what, today I had peace. My husband, Andrew, was really having a rough day yesterday, but he’s picking up again too. Hope helps. Leaning on the Lord is our strength.

      Thank you so much for your prayers. The Lord faithfully answers. I’m so amazed by Him, and I’m keeping my eye on that light at the end of the tunnel. Just the fact that I can see that light is so encouraging.

      1. Yes writing does help us put things in perspective and sometimes helps us to understand all what we are feeling.
        And yes hope does help us to keep going. It is through these difficult times that we learn the most and lean on the Lord the most.
        Blessings ❤️

  2. Oh Tina.😢🙏 I’m sad to hear of Johnny’s passing but thankful he knew Jesus. That Joni quote is wonderful. Her books and devotionals have ministered to my heart greatly these past 4 years. It’s a comfort knowing this is not our home and we have a wonderful surprise avaiting us with Jesus for all eternity. I am aching for you right now knowing it’s hard with Chuck’s cancer and now this. Giving you a big hug and will continue to pray for you. Lots of love.🙏💗

    1. Thank you so much, Vivian. It really has been one thing after another this season. I said to one of my friends, this really is the valley. I read somewhere that the “valley of death” that King David wrote about isn’t really about death, it’s about darkness. It’s been a dark season, but I’m so thankful for God’s comfort and reminders to keep fighting out of the dark. He’s constantly fighting for us. He’s constantly comforting us. We’ve had good days and bad days, but He’s making us stronger. At first I was really struggling with this, and it’s as if the devil sees me getting stronger and is pushing even harder, but you know what? I see it, and it’s making me fiesty. The harder he pushes, the harder I am going to push back. If he wants a battle, I’ll put up a good fight. We have God on our side. We won’t stay down. Not in this life, and not in the grave!

      1. I’m so glad we are fighting on the winning team. I chuckled a bit when you said you’re “fiesty” because that’s just how I am…..but with people. The harder they push or are mean, I get back up fighting. I believe God gives us this “fiesty” spirit to equip us for these fights because it takes guts and determination to endure in the darkness. It reminds me of that quote about seeing the stars at the bottom of a dark well. Keep fighting girlie. I’m fighting right along side of you. We are Champions already. Xoxo

      2. Oh, I’ve been fiesty with people too. Thankfully God is curbing that, and helping me to aim that fiestyness in the right direction. For a while there the devil was trying to guilt me for having that fire. We just have to be careful not to turn it on one another. Thanks so much for your love and support, Vivian. It means so much. I’m actually starting to recieve some comments that are challenging me (by that I mean negative comments) but I see that as a good sign that I’m doing something right. The enemy of our faith isn’t happy that I’m holding my ground. God is amazing. I will fear no evil. Bring it on! We’re not backing down. Yep…fiesty.

      3. Oh yes, God’s helping me with that too. I’m a bit like a toddler learning to walk when it comes to sticking up for myself because for years I was a doormat for others to wipe their feet on but now (I’m not sure if it’s being 40, or hormones, or TBI) but now, I am like a wounded animal that bites or hisses when poked. It’s shocking ppl because they know me as sweet and I’m frankly not feeling sweet but cranky. So, I defend myself but not being experienced, I freak out, flip out and go off the deep end. 😣 I’ve asked God for help to respond in a godly manner and just this weekend He did help me to wait on Him. I never said a thing back but then the person apologised, so I feel God is helping me. I’m sorry for hard comments but yes, I think it’s because you’re speaking truth which Satan hates. I was feeling so spiritually strong in May but then three incidents, two on here, one on fb (zoo) brought so much unsettling feelings to me. I thought of giving up blogging but then…..I can’t! God’s word and truth can’t be silenced. If we give up Satan will rejoice. So we say……”bring it!!”
        💗💗💗

      4. I totally understand! I’m 45, and part of it definitely is those hormones! It creates more of a challenge, but God’s using that challenge to strengthen us too. Once I got that straight in my head, it became easier to accept the challenge. I CAN’T (litterly) can’t give up either, so anyone who wants to knock me down is going to quickly become frustrated. It’s not going to happen. God’s got this. Thanks for all of your comments. They greatly encourage me. ❤ ❤ ❤ Resist the devil…and he will flee from us.

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