First Appeared February 8, 2009
When I walk through the halls of a hospital, I am reminded of our life’s purpose—- preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God uses NOW to get us ready for Heaven.
As I sat in the ER at the bedside of my seven-year-old son this past week I thought about the frustration of all of life’s problems. I questioned my Heavenly Father, “God, why does this sweet little one have to go though this? Has not our family gone though enough?” With tears in my eyes I sought God out for answers as I held my little one’s hand.
Like me, you have probably come to the conclusion that life is nothing more than a series of problems. Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one. At times, you move through moments of your life and all you see is problems.
I called out to God, “Will I ever find happiness in this life?” As I sat in the shadows of that room I did some close examination; I realized that I had experienced some great moments in my life. I have had many happy days. (How soon we forgot those when we are in a tough spot.)
My thinking carried me to my conclusion: We can reasonably be happy here in life, but that is not the goal of life. We are here preparing for something better.
That preparation mean being a little more like Christ everyday. Did Christ suffer? Greatly—-deeply—-and even consistently. So each little mishap, each crushing heartache, each earth shattering disappoint prepares one for a time when all pain will be erased by making us a little more like Jesus.
Each of your annoyances in life allows opportunity for you to be more like Jesus. Each pain suffered allows us to understand the depth of God’s love. I realized God is not going to make me happy until I have completed the trials and errors of living in this cruel world. As Rick Warren says, “God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.” It is really all about preparation.
My attention quickly turned to the real purpose of coming to the ER that night. It was not to sit at the bedside of my ailing son like I originally suspected. “How is this moment preparing me for eternity? How am I making this something of eternal significance?” My concern changed from “the moment” to the eternal. In my heart, I knew what I did, said and the way I acted was preparing me, and those around me, for eternity.
The last place I wanted to be on a Thursday evening was in an emergency situation of my life. The first place God wanted me to be is a place where I had no control so He could take complete control.” For God to have control I had to be like Jesus.
I whispered a prayer to the tune of the IV machine, “Lord, take control of this moment where I have no control. Bring peace to my raging storm—-calm the waters of my troubled soul.”
Suddenly the room filled full of light and I heard choirs of angels singing in affectionate tones. No—-that is not what happened. In fact when I opened my eyes I still looked upon the pale face of my sick little boy. Nurses still scurried the halls. A baby at the end of the hall continued to cry. The room and the situation was the same, but I was changed. I now found happiness. God was going to control what I could not. Preparations were being made for eternity, and I found peace.
Life is not about reacting to situations, it is about living through situations in the light of Jesus Christ. Before I put my feet to the floor each morning I tell God I want to be more like Jesus. I want to know Him, I want to love like Him, and I want to see Him in eternity.
I close with this worthwhile advice:
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
Conclusion? It is not about me—-it’s all about GOD!
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