Good morning. It is Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Every morning on my way to work, at a certain section on a certain road, I will pass a group of colorful roosters. This has been going on for months. There are about 5 or 6 of them and they are gorgeous; very colorful! Every morning I look for them and almost without fail they will be there.
They seem out of place. They are pecking around in the ditch right next to a very busy road. I have often wondered who they belong to and why they would choose that location to hang out in. Although houses are nearby, they obviously choose not to stay in the safety of their yard.
This morning I saw two of them dead on the road. It broke my heart. It really bothered me. Did the car not see them in time? Did the driver not care? Why did those silly roosters have to cross the road?
Any time I see an animal that did not make it…skunk, deer, turkey, squirrel, dog, cat, my first words are “Oh Father!” I then start talking to God about how this must break His heart too. I tell Him “I am sorry!” although I had nothing to do with it. But I am sorry! I am sorry that the very thing He created, the very thing He saw from birth, saw grow, was killed.
You know, just like those roosters we often play on dangerous grounds. We often hang with the wrong crowd. We often get too close to the very thing that can kill us. It might not be today or tomorrow, but eventually we let our guard down. It becomes normal to leave the protection of home and play in the ditch. And then perhaps it becomes too late.
I am sorry that we live in a world where life can be taken in an instant. Where one careless move can cause a beating heart to stop. I am sorry that we live in a world where cancer can claim the life of someone we love, and love with all our heart, and the loss feels like our own heart will stop from the shear pain of it all. I am sorry when I see my children and grandchildren struggling with life and the many pains it brings. But I am also very hopeful.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV
It is a momentary affliction. I know some days seem impossibly difficult. We have so many struggles…health, relationships, finances, self…but those afflictions are preparing us for eternity; a glory beyond all comparison.
Romans 8:18 tells us “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
There are much better days ahead for us! I am hopeful that one day Jesus will come again, and I believe it will be soon! It is a hope that grief and sadness cannot take away from me.
I believe that Jesus died for me! And I claim that gift of eternal life.
I remember a couple of years ago, while on my knees, tears streaming down my face, my heart filled with remorse for once again losing the battle to temptation, asking God “Was your Son’s sacrifice big enough for me?!”
I can almost see God, leaning down, wiping the tears from my face as He says “Of course. That was a silly question. We love you! We want you!”
We have so often gotten the wrong image of God. The Bible tells us that God is Love.
1 John 4:8 ESV “…God is love.”
1 John 4:16 ESV “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love…”
Many people see God as a tyrant. A God that sits and points His finger in condemnation. A judging God that has no mercy. What a disservice to God, and to us!
God certainly is a God that judges, but He judges with mercy and compassion. Try to visualize the God that is found in Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”
That is the God of Heaven. That is the Heavenly Father that longs for you to know Him better.
We live on a planet that is filled with death, sickness, and cruelty, but Jesus will come again, He promised He would, and when that happens all former things will pass away.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NKJV
Stay hopeful! Claim the promise!
Romans 15:13 ESV “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”