Sunday, April 19, 2015

Life on Earth isn't Normal

I was in pain this morning after a restless night. I'm not complaining, it's the way it is.  I asked the Lord what was up with that.  He reminded me that life on earth isn't the normative for eternity. 

Most things we struggle with here are not there.  When we as the Lord to touch our existence "on earth as it is in heaven",  we are doing something supernatural.  We are asking him to change circumstances that are acceptable here on earth.

Here are some things we accept here:

  • Pain
  • Sickness
  • Disappointment
  • Struggle
  • Persecution
  • Discrimination
  • Anger
  • Lack
  • Tears
  • Loss
  • Sadness, Discouragement, Depression

In fact all the things that make life hard here, are not THERE.  We all were born with eternity in our hearts. Therefore when difficult times come we are disparaged and saddened.  It's not as it should be at least compared to what is in our hearts. 

 God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

What makes it doubly hard is sometimes we have had halcyon times where heaven and earth came together for a moment.  May have been in worship, prayer, fellowship or some time when you so sensed the presence of God that you could do no other.

Heaven touched earth.  You have never been the same. What is even more painful are those who have actually had a glimpse, a Revelation of heaven and yet are stuck here.  I met one such the other day.  God apparently does give some people a glimpse of heaven’s glory. The Apostle Paul told of being “caught up to paradise”, where he experienced “inexpressible things” (2 Corinthians 12:4).

So this morning as I began to start the day, I was reminded that this isn't normal, I shouldn't be here in this situation in this circumstance. This abnormal existence is temporary and normal is eternal. 

Don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:18

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