Heavenly Struggles; The Thoughts of a Pastor’s Wife
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are Trustworthy and true.’” – Revelation 21:5
I want to go home. Home as in Heaven, where there is NO sadness, NO death, NO mourning, NO crying, and NO pain. I also want to think that there will be NO stress! There are days when the stresses of everyday life seem to get too large for one person to handle on her own. There are times, when as a parent you have to pull, tug, and beg to get your pre-teen out of bed for school. Then there are the times when you are already running late and the cat throws up all over your bag or you spill coffee down your white blouse and you have nothing else clean to wear to work. It is times like these that I just want to go home, home as in Heaven. The Bible describes life in Heaven as beautiful. Heaven itself is so beautiful to look upon; for it has been created using precious stones and pure gold. There is only light and no night and the gates will never have to be shut. In Heaven I will have a room prepared for me. Yet in light of how amazing and wonderful Heaven is, I must continually remind myself that I am here on earth for a purpose. And as I look back on the petty things of life that seem so big, they are really just small concerns in the grand scheme of things.
Eventually, the preteen gets out of bed and gets ready for school and is on her way to learn and grow and do great things. The cat throw-up eventually washes out and the coffee, well, that’s just ruined but another blouse can be purchased at a later date. The trivial worries and stresses of this world are only a small blip in God’s big picture. He will cause all things to work for His glory and He will make this earth anew. In Revelation 21:5 Gods word says: He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” I am able to see my stresses and struggles for what they truly are, small. When compared to God’s purpose for this earth my daily stresses and struggles are nothing. He will make the whole Earth new again and He will dwell with us. I am confident in that statement because it is written that the words are “trustworthy and true.” When it comes to everyday struggles I need to remember that what God says is trustworthy and true. There are no loopholes or clauses hidden anywhere; for it’s just truth.
So, for the days when my struggles seem too big, I endeavor to remember these words that are true. Isaiah 41:10 states a beautiful promise. It states, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I am reminded of Revelation 21:7 when it says, “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” At the end of the day I have learned to draw nearer to God and He will give me strength, endurance and comfort during the truly difficult times and during the not-so difficult times that seem, in the moment, to be the toughest ever!