Last week I received a call from my life long best friend – you know, that friend that you grew up with, knew you during your awkward middle school days, cried with you during your high school breakups and who made 5 walmart runs for more hair dye because orange was not the desired shade of “summer blonde” you were going for when you were 19 – yep, that’s her! We live a couple hours away from one another and now have “adult” lives and do not talk every day or even sometimes every week but you would never know it, we pick things up right where we left them each time and never miss a beat. She held my hand as we buried my mom and she stood by my side on my wedding day. When she hurts, I hurt and vice versa. She’s the Cristina to my Meredith. The Lane to my Rory. The Rachel to my Monica. Through thick and thin, she’s my girl.
Now when she called, I was out running errands and as I pulled up in the Kroger parking lot, I could hear her tone shift as she said, “Case, I know that God is good. Like I KNOW that He’s good! But with everything going on around me – I’m just having a hard time seeing it.”
I sat there in my car in my cozy parking spot for over an hour just listening to my best friend tell me of how her heart hurts for so many people and families that are going through unthinkable trials in our community back home. I sat and wept as we talked about families who are spending their first Christmas without loved ones that are no longer here. We talked about the pain felt by those who know they are spending their last Christmas with a loved one who is sick and also those who are sick and are walking through fire as they fight for their life. And then she shared areas where she is hurting and she said these words:
“I know that my problems are nothing compared to what others are dealing with but it still hurts.”
I’ve been mulling over this conversation for several days now and as I flipped open my bible to one of my favorite passages, I felt the weight of this scripture a little differently. I’ve written a few ways that I have heard God speak to me through this passage and it will be shared over the course of a 3 part blog series. My prayer is that whether you are currently walking through fire, just came through it or you’re headed towards it, you’ll find peace and comfort in God’s word.
Our Inheritance is Worthy of Rejoicing!
In 1 Peter 1:3-5, we see a beautiful depiction of the Gospel. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
I LOVE the description given of Heaven –
- English Standard Version – our inheritance, imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in Heaven for you.
- In the Holman Christian Standard Version, it uses the word “uncorrupted”.
- In the King James Version it says, “incorruptible and undefiled and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”
- The New Living Translation puts it this way, “an inheritance that is kept in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”
Y’all, this is our inheritance and through it all – every dark day, every valley, every fire – we can rejoice! This road is hard but through it all, our salvation is worthy of rejoicing! This world in which we are living is the exact opposite of what awaits us in Heaven with our Jesus. This is not our home! This is just a temporary stay – that cheap motel where you lay your weary head on that long road trip. This place is perishable, it will fade away, it is defiled, it is corrupt – the exact opposite of our eternal home reserved for us in Heaven. And whatever is bringing you pain today, no matter how hard your circumstances, it’s only temporary because this world is only temporary! This world is not our home!