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Mourning & Comfort
I look out at the present world and find myself mourning.
What has, and is happening to God’s beautiful creation?
What has, and is humanity doing to the Eden which God created and brought into existence?
Eden was meant to be a place of delight. But that’s not what I’m looking out on.
My sorrowful heart is grieving and breaking.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’
I am comforted in knowing God and His promises.
God is sovereign and has promised to restore goodness and peace.
He is ‘making everything new’ (Revelation 21:5).
This first heaven and earth will pass away.
There will no longer be any sea: that place of destruction in which the Egyptians drowned.
There will be no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain.
‘The old order of things’ will pass away; God will create a new heaven and a new earth.
I am confident that God will fulfil His promises.
Yet, my heart mourns for those who are lost, for those who are heading the wrong way
on the broad road that ‘leads to destruction’ (Matthew 7:13).
My heart yearns for them to repent, to turn back to God;
for them to be on the narrow road that ‘leads to life’ (Matthew 7:14).
I pray for our distorted world and for the lost.
My response is, “Lord, ‘here am I. Send me!’ (Isaiah 6:8), I will go for You, I will play my tiny part”.
Perhaps the small part I play will be the turning point for someone to step onto the narrow road.
Perhaps my words will bring comfort and hope to someone.
Perhaps… just… perhaps, I will bring a little goodness and peace into a chaotic world.
There is a beautiful hymn written by Susan Warner in 1868,
Jesus bids us shine, with a pure, clear light,
Like a little candle, burning in the night.
In this world is darkness, so let us shine--
you in your small corner, and I in mine.
During this pandemic, we perhaps find ourselves in our small corners trying to be shining lights in
a dark and broken world full of lost people. It is comforting to know that many lights are shining
in many corners all around the world, each playing their small part for Jesus.
How are you mourning?
How are you comforted by God and His promises?
What part are you playing in your small corner?