The following is a comment a dear, blogging friend of mine wrote in response to one of my posts about being broken spirited. Her words so touched me because I believe many are thinking and feeling as she does.
“It bothers me so bad that our world is falling apart; but it is supposed to be isn’t it? The only way to get to heaven is through living hell on earth. Speak clearly, speak up, and spread the word. Jesus is coming. Jesus is coming back and all those that don’t believe me or tell me to toss my Bible aside, I will pray for your souls as one day you definitely meet your maker.”
She is speaking truth here; the world is in probably the worst mess ever. And for many of us, like Terry Shepherd we have been through hell on earth. We may all have different forms of it, but it is nonetheless a hades we most likely never saw coming.
For the record, if you haven’t read Terry’s story please do. She has inspired many with her words and heartfelt love for her brother. http://terry1954.wordpress.com/
It wasn’t God’s intention for the people he created to live on such a mudslinging, hate filled planet. He never wanted us to go through life in fear, fighting and sickness.
Adam and Eve were created into paradise. Imagine the Garden of Eden in all its beauty and abundance. God supplied everything they needed.
There was no need for the local Farmers Market, BI-LO or Wal-Mart.
Finding a “Gap” store, Belk’s or Old Navy wasn’t even thought of.
Forget wearing Nike or Reebok’s. Who needs them?
Fresh flowers, blooming plants and all kinds of trees provided the most beautiful landscape one could possibly want.
Flowing waterfalls or ponds added to the scenery aiding in the daily need for water.
And we can’t forget man’s best friends; all of them.
We can only imagine the extravagance God must have gone to in designing his own perfect garden for humanity.
But can you envision how God must have felt knowing we would fall into sin ruining his perfection?
He planned every move down to the Cross of Christ because Jesus is the only way to have Heaven on earth. What, you say?
Yes. In the midst of our fretful, miserable lives he gave us Heaven on earth with Jesus Christ.
It is almost a mindset after being born again. When we ask the Holy Spirit to come live in our hearts we are really asking God to bring Heaven to us.
“Our father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be the name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
God wants us to see, feel and touch Him in everything. He wants to be the upfront visual in our worst days, the most fearful moments and those unbearable circumstances that seem to never go away.
He wants us to divert our energy (what little we may have) towards him, view our pain as temporary and know in our hearts his presence is really all we need. There really is so much truth in his words, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
So as we try to make it through one more day, one more attack remember who is right beside and behind us.
Remember God is already there. He beats us to the punch of pain, sorrow and sadness. After all he gave his son to die for each one of us.
Search for Jesus in everything; the good, bad and the ugly. That my friends is where you find Heaven on earth.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.