I haven’t been on an airplane in a while – but the last time there was a bit of turbulence. It’s pretty much a helpless feeling. Either worry or keep reading your book.
Kind of like these days. Only the turbulence seems to happen daily. Check the latest news – kind of rocky out there. Find out a friend has a bad diagnosis – can’t get it off our minds. Let thoughts of what will happen next week or in a couple of months or whenever – now we’re holding on tight.
But God knows us from before our first breath and all our days: “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16 NLT)
These unsettling times, they’re nothing new. From mankind’s beginning, life has been pretty crazy one way or another. There have been wars, plagues, deaths, financial ruin, family fall-outs, health issues, mental health issues, earthquakes, tornadoes – always. I think what we’re seeing now is a condensed version.
Instead of scrolling through the history of centuries and seeing one dilemma or another, we’re seeing a piling on of just about every scenario imaginable. It’s like time is spiraling towards some end. It is.
“The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” (1Peter 4:7 NIV)
But many are missing it. Many are under a great delusion. Thinking if they can get the right person in office to take care of their issues, then everything will be ok. Thinking if they had enough money, all their problems would be solved. Looking everywhere but where real Help comes from.
For those of us who know Jesus, things will still feel a bit turbulent – butterfly stomachs now and then. The difference is, we trust in the One who is in control. Whether things continue to move on like this for another hundred years or only a hundred days, we rest in the knowledge that the end of the story is already told.
And it’s quite an ending – because it is a beginning. The beginning of no more of life’s turbulence and a calm that comes from the presence of Jesus and an eternity void of sin. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4 NIV)
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