There are days when the depravity and brokenness of the world feels like a backpack weighing down my spirit. Today, that backpack is filled to the brim with sadness that causes a deep physical ache. For several reasons, but primarily because a dear friend and her three little boys lost their husband and daddy today. A church and a community lost a cherished leader and friend. And Heaven gained a servant-hearted, kind, hard-working, church-planting saint. Please pray for this family.
Do you feel those days? The days when the “all is not as it should be” reality bubbles to the surface of your daily life? It’s because all is NOT the way it should be. Babies shouldn’t die. Daddies should always come home. Widows shouldn’t face the world alone. MY children shouldn’t be marred and scarred from their early years of life…But there will be a day when all is made right. When bodies don’t fail. When daddies don’t die. When children from hard places are healed with deep Shalom peace.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
So on the days when our earthly backpacks feels heavy, let’s cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. Let’s lean into the pain knowing He doesn’t waste our tears. Let’s pull close those you most want to push away. Let’s follow Him and love them. For there will be a day when all will be made right in CHRIST.