I sat reading a book in the waiting room of the Montgomery
I noticed a family sitting across the room.
An older man sat there with tape over the bends in both of his arms,
patching the needle marks from his blood work.
His face was so swollen than he couldn’t even open his mouth to
speak. I watched, feeling very sorry for
him, but I soon noticed that his disposition was not at all like one might
expect. He was listening to his son tell
some funny stories, and he was laughing…only through his nose….but he was
laughing. And this was no snicker; it
was a shoulder-bouncing, foot-stomping, hearty laugh. I don’t know if this man was a Christian. I hope he was, but I was reminded of the fact
that this world is only our temporary dwelling place, and true happiness is
only found in the hope of heaven.
anyone would want to be able to find joy even in the most dreadful of
circumstances. But how, one might ask,
is that joy attained? You will be happy,
even in the face of trouble, when your “citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20).
The failure of physical things is inevitable (Matthew 24:35). But the hope of the Christian does not perish
with the things of this world; rather it grows stronger with the passing of time,
as we near our reward (Matthew 19:29). Where is your citizenship?
find joy amid life’s hardships if you believe God is alive and at work in the
world. Paul said, “And we know that all
things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the
called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). God “sends rain on the just and the unjust,”
but if we trust His word, we know that everything, both good and bad, works
together within the will of God. In that
there is great joy!
So, how can you laugh when pain
fills your life, your body is failing you, and the end seems near? Lift your eyes towards heaven, “For I
consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).