Revelation 21:5a says, “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about heaven. I’ve been remembering my grandmother. She used to love to talk to us about the book of Revelation in the Bible. I know there are a lot of different opinions about the meaning of this special book, but I want to focus on something that has ministered to me over the years, because it reminds me of the hope that we have in Christ.
As Christians, we don’t grieve as other people grieve. We know that someday, we will be reunited with the people that we love who also know the Lord. We know we will see Jesus Himself someday!
“They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God; He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
A few weeks ago, we walked through a difficult situation as we grieved with our daughter over the stillborn birth of her dear friend’s full-term baby boy. It reminded me of all the precious moms I have known over the years who have gone through this painful experience.
It began to rain as I sat praying and crying before the Lord. It was pouring—a torrential northwest fall rain. As the rain fell, it began to take on new meaning for me. At first, I thought that heaven must be weeping for all the things that are so wrong with this world; all the brokenness, the wars, the suffering. This mama who was suffering through the pain and sorrow of losing her unborn baby.
I thought about her on day three—her milk was coming in. I hurt for her.
The Bible says that we “weep with those who weep” but that we do not weep as those without hope. As I was thinking about this, a small breeze came through the open window. The smell of the fresh air filled the room. I took it in deeply. It had been several months since we had experienced a really good rain, and as the new, fresh air filled the room, the stale, humid air began to go away.
God is in the business of making things new. He is in the business of restoring things. The Bible says in Rev “I am making all things new.” You see, His mercies are new every morning. He delights in making things new.
Take a deep breath, busy mom. Breathe deeply of His mercy and grace. Remember that He loves you. He doesn’t change, even though we may be suffering—but it helps to give us perspective when we can’t understand to know that His mercies are new every morning. We still trust. We still pray.
We wait for healing.
Take hold of the one thing in this life that we know is for certain; and that is fact that we are infinitely loved by the Lord. God loves you. He sees what you’re going through.
Let the rain fall. He is making things new.