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Longing for eternity

6 Jul

You know, I’ve grown up in a Christian home and served God as long as I can remember. I’ve always believed in heaven and heard it described as “streets of gold” and the whole shebang.

But not until this year, my 21st year on this planet, have I known what it means to long for eternity. To no longer care for the desires of this world and to only want to sit at the feet of Jesus.

It hit me earlier this week as I sat in my car listening to KLOVE Radio on my lunch break at work. I was having a super tough day and decided that instead of going shopping on my lunch hour, I was going to just rest and allow myself to be encouraged by KLOVE. Then, “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe came on the radio. I have to admit that I’ve heard this song literally hundreds of times since it first came out many moons ago. But this time it was different. I just sat there and listened closely. And I started to cry.

Truthfully, this feeling–this longing for eternity and desperation for Jesus–often results from going through difficult times on this earth. But I think we’re blessed when we learn that longing and when we learn that this world is not our home. Something greater is ahead. It puts everything into perspective. And it teaches us perseverance as we “count it all joy” when we face trials. (You know I’m gonna reference James 1 every chance I get!)

I pray someone finds hope and comfort in this today…

Jen

Wisdom from C.S. Lewis

5 Jun

Today I had a thought.

Just a tiny, little, insignificant thought.

But it wasn’t insignificant. And it started to expand from its tininess. For just a split second, it was pain-inflicting.

But I stopped. And as I began to preach God’s faithfulness to myself, I was reminded of this quote:

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

If you’re struggling with the past, do you really believe this?

When it’s hard for you to believe, simply remember that God loves you. Preach it to yourself. And no matter what it is you’re leaving behind–an addiction, a relationship, a difficult time, a poor decision, a rough past–as long as you are walking in obedience to God, there will be far, far better things in store for your future. No, I do not mean that your life will be perfect. I mean that your walk with God will become more beautiful than it ever has been before…full of peace, joy, strength and wisdom. There is nothing so valuable as a relationship with God that is full of surrender and trust.

And, looking back, you won’t wish that things had turned out different. You won’t wish you could change the past. Why? Because you will value your grown relationship with God so much that you wouldn’t trade it for a single thing on the planet.

Are you having a hard time believing this today?

Take this advice and remember the quote from Mr. Lewis. I certainly am. Oh, and remember: He is holding you together (Colossians 1:17).

And…you’re not alone!

Jen