Bitter WITH the Sweet UNTIL He Comes
Leftovers for lunch today. Pork chops and mashed potatoes, yum. But the spinach… yuck. I tried combining bites of the spinach with the mashed potatoes, but I could still taste the green part, but the spuds made them swallow-able. Kind of. I was longing for a bite of pure mashed potatoes in all their fake buttery goodness (I can’t eat butter currently, but I found a good enough replacement).
That made me realize a sweet and bitter biblical truth. We live in this broken place where people hurt each other, murder others, steal, lie. Our hearts break and our desires are misplaced. But one day (hear this through)… Coupled with this devastation are life’s sweet moments: cascades of laughter, the embrace of friendship, heart swells of love, glorious sunrises, crashing ocean waves, sweet and captivating beauty. In these broken days, however, it seems like life’s sweet moments are wrapped in chaotic trauma. It seems as if for each moment of peace our hearts are ripped out. Each kiss is followed by a betrayal of trust. Every kind word is crushed under a thousand criticisms. But one day…
Each of us have a deep, unexplainable longing for what is to come. Great beauty and wholeness awaits us when God’s Kingdom is finally fully established. Read this account of what IS TO COME from Revelation 21:3-7 (NLT):
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
During this season of Lent, as we reflect on Christ and his suffering and loss, REMEMBER the hope we carry: that the brokenness we experience will disappear forever at the command of God Almighty as he makes all things new! During this time, when brokenness and glory coexist, don’t lose heart. Keep your eyes on him who desperately loves his creation. Trust in his here-and-now work. Eat your spinach because it is good for you, teach yourself to long for the SWEETNESS that is to come: wholeness and glory. Lift your hands, weary sinner, to God who IS making all things new. This is what is to come, my friends.