It's been SUCH a WEEK! A week full of joy and a week full of sorrow. A week of health and a week with a bit of the tummy bug among some of my Sandwich Generation family. A week of feeling positive and a week of feeling down. As I write this, I have to smile, because that probably describes just about every week, doesn't it. Only this one seems to have been in technicolor.
I was praying about what heavenly verse to choose as I drove home from babysitting grandchildren. I had just called my senior mom to see how she was feeling since she has continued to feel just a bit under the weather. And then I remembered a question from one of my grandkids about whether we will understand God when we are in heaven. And as I thought about his question, and about all that is going on – some of which I confess, I don't understand – I remembered what I told my grandson. It definitely encouraged me and I pray it will you as well.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
It's true. We do NOT always understand what is going on down on this old earth. But someday. SOME GLORIOUS DAY. We WILL understand! And until then, we can cling to Him, and to the wonderful promises of God in the Bible like these, which have been extra close to my heart this week:
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
- We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
- With those as a foundation, we are also able to read and obey 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
NOT because we are perfect. BUT because HE is perfect! And HE has made these promises. And HE NEVER lets us down.
Just typing this, I feel better. I pray that as you read this, you feel better as well. AND that we can truly know and share this blessing and joy with our loved ones, including our aging parents who may be joining Him soon, and our grandchildren. What a wonderful way of leaving a spiritual legacy of joy, and comfort, and love!