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It Could Be Us

I read a story about a boy, tragically killed in an accident at 16. And my heart breaks for his family. My eyes fill with tears and my breath catches in my throat.

But it’s not really for them, and it’s not really about the boy.

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Before you think I’m cold and don’t care about this family I’ve never met, you should know I do. But only in the way you can care about someone you hear about on t.v. or read about online. It’s a surface shock. It’s sadness and pity and a momentary guilt for being grateful it isn’t your story.

Seeing someone else’s tragedy reminds us that it could be us. We are only a second away from what could feel like the worst day of our lives. And that, my friend, is scary.

Our daily life is so consuming that it’s easy to forget how fleeting it is. It’s easy to think: this is it, and heaven is what comes after.

But what if we’ve got it all wrong?

What if this is just the prelude and heaven is the story?

If we shift our thinking from making this world, this life, this now our entire focus, we don’t have to fear. We can look at the temporal nature of all that’s around us and remember that eternity is where our future lies.

That’s all well and good, but we still have to live here and feel and exist in this world.

And that’s hard.

Yes, it’s hard. God never said it wouldn’t be. He didn’t promise us rainbows and unicorns. He never said there wouldn’t be tears and pain here. He actually said it would be pretty hard. “In this world you will have many trials and sorrows.” (John 16: 33)

But He didn’t stop with that.

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That’s our promise. That’s the truth we hold onto. When we are shaken and it feels like everything is scary. When we worry that tragedy is just around the corner and we don’t know how to cope. When we don’t know what else to do.

Take heart. Hold onto the promises of God, not just for today, but for all eternity.

 


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

12 Replies

  1. Yes, and amen! Grateful His promises are for all eternity!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m starting to think I’m really going to like eternity 😉

  2. Hi Becky,
    I’m your neighbor at Coffee for your Heart today. 🙂 I tend to identify with painful stories and wonder what I would do in their shoes. Holding onto God’s words and his promises during difficult times are what can carry us through and for that I am so grateful!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I understand where you’re coming from Valerie! Believe me! So grateful for His promises!

  3. We’ve had a few tragedies close to home lately too and it no doubt makes you hold your loved ones a little closer. You’re right, our eternal promise doesn’t always soothe our momentary affliction, but it certainly gives us hope that what we face right now is only temporary – even great loss. Great encouragement, Becky. So glad to visit from #threewordwednesday.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love how you worded that Tiffany: “Our eternal promise doesn’t always soothe our momentary affliction” So true! And so grateful for His HOPE!

  4. Exactly. We look forward to tomorrow, but we live in today. We want to be prepared and aware of both. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is such an inspiring post. You are so right. I never thought of thinking of the world as the prelude and heaven the story. Thank you so much for these words that changed my thinking.

    Sarah
    Bows & Clothes

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for being here Sarah! I’m glad it resonated with you!

  6. I so much appreciate this encouragement. It’s easy to become fixated on our day-to-day lives to the point that we forget this truth: our lives are but a vapor when compared with the eons of eternity we’ll have with our Father. Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s so easy to forget! I’m so grateful anytime I remember! Thanks for being here!

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