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Focus: Finding the heart to do what doesn’t come naturally
1 Peter 4:12-13 (NKJV) Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
The act of finding the heart to do what doesn’t come naturally doesn’t just apply to doing things we don’t particularly want to do. It also applies to having the heart to do what doesn’t come naturally in the opposite sense. In other words, dealing with not being able to do things we would like to be able to do…or not having things we would like to have.
Some depression is caused because things didn’t turn out the way we had hoped they might. Disappointment runs deep in the heart of any person who is struggling emotionally. You might be grieving over lost relationships or relationships that are strained. You may have tried time and again to settle misunderstandings without success–and you spend a lot of time wondering ‘why…’
There are many things we will never understand in this life. We are not promised answers to all of our questions. As much as we would like to change the way things are—sometimes, we just aren’t given the opportunity for change. Accepting things we can’t change is a huge part of recovery. While the Bible says nothing is impossible to those who believe—it also says that all things work together for good to those who love God. We aren’t always promised deliverance. Sometimes, a trial we are going through is for the purification of our faith. We’d like to just rebuke it out of our way and ‘make it stop’. But, then the trial would have been in vain. The trials that seem to be the hardest are those that involve people we love. Concerning these things, God gave me a vision at a particular low point I was experiencing. It brought me a great deal of comfort…
I saw myself sitting on clouds of the most beautiful shades of pink, blue, yellow, aqua, lavender, and peach. I was younger—but, an adult and my skin and hair were glowing. I had a radiant smile and a full, flowing dress of shimmering, smooth fabric that billowed out from where I was seated and got lost in the clouds. All around me were the most beautiful, happy, healthy little children. They were running and skipping with joy all around me. They were all dressed up in beautiful party clothes that would be impossible to describe. Some had ribbons in their hands that trailed out behind them as they ran. Others were putting small flowers and some little twinkling star-like things in my hair. They were laughing with so much pleasure–their voices were like music…and the feeling of their love for me was beyond words. At times I would see one of them in my lap. They would be looking up at me with sparkling eyes and smiling with absolute pleasure and trust.
The Bible verse, Joel 2:25, talks about the Lord restoring to us the years that the enemy has stolen. I have always thought that meant in this life. But the vision gave new meaning to that promise.
On this earth, we are often robbed. We may be robbed of material things, opportunities, relationships, and time.
What I saw in this vision was that in heaven we will be able to relive all of the times that were taken from us through broken relationships, evil attacks on our character, and losses that were unfair and caused us pain, separation, and sorrow.
If the vision is true, time will be on a different plane when we’re in heaven. We’ll be able to go to different points in our life and relive those days as God would have loved for them to be–in a level of true love and perfection. We will be allowed to spend as much time as we want at any given point just living out the moments that we missed with loved ones who were kept from us on earth for reasons that we did not choose.
I believe the children I saw were my own children, my grandchildren, and the children I miscarried. We were together and there were no limits on time or love. There was no blame or rejection. No reservation. No pressure of any kind. Just absolute, pure love, joy, and peace.
We may not get to see things the way we would like them to be on this earth. Many things happen that we just can’t stop and replay. But in heaven it will be different. All of those things we missed and the circumstances that were beyond our control will be restored to us to live and enjoy without measure.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).
Declaration: I will find new strength by counting my blessings. I will be grateful for what I have and try not to think about what I don’t have. I will take comfort that in eternity, God will make all things new—and I will understand.
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