I’ve been at a loss for words regarding everything going on in the world right now. Hurricanes and floods, COVID and fighting over masks, Christian brothers and sisters being persecuted, and the train wreck and loss of lives in Afghanistan. It feels like it is too much. Some headlines cut me to my core, others, to be honest, I’m still trying to figure out what exactly they mean. But with every headline, every social media post, and even every sniffle and scraped knee the past few weeks, my thought has been “Come, Lord Jesus”.
Come and deliver us from this pain and suffering.
Come save us from the wickedness around us.
Come take this weight off my shoulders and burden off my heart.
Come protect my babies.
Come make all things new.
Come so we don’t have to live like this anymore.
This isn’t a doomsday post. I’m not trying to search for signs or quote a line from Revelation to make sense of each thing going on right now. This is a genuine longing for Heaven. A desire to be face to face with the Creator and see His creation the way it was intended to be. A hope for the future, because if my hope is in this life alone, I am to be most pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19).
Until that future comes, I wait the best way I know how:
1. Wait by allowing the trials to train me, give me hope, and purify me.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14
2. Wait by resting in Christ and finding peace in His promises.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
3. Wait by reminding others there is hope.
“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.” Romans 15:13
Come, Lord Jesus.