There’s a truth that needs to be spoken on these pages that none of us want to hear. We want the story when Jesus calms the storm and instantly all is well. But we live in a broken world and deep inside we all know…
Sometimes the storms don’t stop.
Sometimes the chronic illness isn’t healed. Sometimes the infertility never ends. Sometimes the relationship doesn’t get better. Sometimes it just keeps raining.
I recently spoke about this with a friend of mine. Her adorable daughter has a disability that will affect her throughout her life. It also brings daily heartache to my friend and her husband, even though they love their daughter very much and are thankful to have her in their lives.
When I asked what brings hope in the midst of this difficult situation my friend said, “I think about heaven and how my daughter will have a new body. This life is not the end. One day we’ll be in a place that’s perfect.”
Randy Alcorn, the author of Heaven, echoes this when he says, “Knowing our suffering will be relieved doesn’t make it easy, but it does make it bearable. It allows for joy in the midst of suffering.” He later assures us, “God promises to make up for the heartbreaks on this earth.”
It’s important for us to be able to look forward to heaven because as much as we may pray for the weather in our lives to change, some storms will stay until we step into eternity. That means sometimes prayers will go unanswered, diseases will not be cured, and justice will remain undone.
But like Noah, we have a rainbow waiting for us at the end of the flood. It’s made of God’s declaration that once we pass from this life to the next, we will never again watch our lives be washed away.
God has promised to wipe away every tear from our eyes, and on that day He’ll take away every stormy cloud from our skies as well.
On this day we remember when Jesus went to the cross for us. We know the ending to the story–the resurrection is coming and soon we’ll be celebrating. The same is true for our lives, our stories, our storms. This life is not the end…it’s only the beginning.
I’ve loved being here with you this week! Happy Easter!
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