Last week I wrote about reflecting on God’s faithfulness based on the song Never Once by Matt Redman. The song starts out, “Standing on this mountaintop, looking just how far we’ve come, knowing that for every step You were with us…” Only by God’s grace, healing and strength could I even look back and write about His faithfulness. I don’t even know if where I’m at is considered a “mountaintop”, however it sure feels like a mountain compared to other feelings I’ve experienced this year.
But, what about when you’re not on the mountaintop? What about when your valley lasts more than a few months, a few years… half your lifetime?
I’ve been hanging out with Pete (AKA Peter) the past week or so, and was struck by how often he talks about “temporary residents.” In fact, 1 Peter is written to the “temporary residents dispersed in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia…”. Truth is, we are all just temporary residents. We are just here (on earth) for a little bit – whether that is 12 years or 82 years… it’s just a little while. *If you’re a parent and you’ve watch a child grow up, you know how fast it goes! (Imagine as God watches us age… “I remember when she was just a little tike.” :)) Here’s the good news, HOPE, HEALING, AND EVEN REJOICING ARE IN OUR FUTURE!
Noah, Abraham and Sarah all “died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.” Heb. 11:13 (We are not alone in having to wait.)
1 Peter 1:13 tells us to, “set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” This is talking about the future. When Jesus returns. Check out these promises for that time:
Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory. 1 Peter 4:13
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:4
You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith-more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
There are some scars that just may not be completely healed this side of heaven. The chorus of that song still holds true, “Never once did we ever walk alone. Never once did You leave us on our own. You are faithful. God, You are faithful.” We may not have the opportunity to SEE things worked out from the mountaintop this side of heaven. We may not experience complete healing (physically, emotionally, spiritually) this side of heaven. But if we do not see it now, we will later then.
If not now… later then. Hallelujah!