Reading: Revelation 21:1-4
At Welcome Baptist Church, I have been privileged over the years to work alongside Mary Dicker, a Christian Counsellor, who specialises in working with children and teenagers. We often ‘hot desk’ my study and over the last 17 years I have found her a constant source of encouragement and wisdom. Knowing today’s passage to be among her favourites I asked her for her thoughts on it, she writes,
“I sit in my counselling room with a beautiful 10 year old girl. We have just done an exercise where she draws a picture and then tells a story about he picture.
The picture shows a tornado in the centre, sucking up a boat. The people have escaped from the boat and are safe in the nearby lighthouse, But one person is being sucked into the tornado. As she tells the story she adds a lifeboat to the picture and the crew throw a huge net overboard and tell the person in the tornado to jump, and they will rescue that person.
The story bears a striking resemblance to my young client’s life. She has recently been diagnosed with an illness that has seriously curtailed her life. No longer can she go to school or to the activities she once enjoyed. Her life consists of surgery, hospital appointments, physiotherapy and visits to see me. She will have this illness for life.
As she tells the story, she says, “As the story goes on, the picture is changing.”
I feel impotent and so sad that this vibrant, beautiful girl is having to live with this debilitating condition. Her words resonate with me, and it is like listening to the voice of God saying to me “As the story goes on, the picture is changing.”
I am reminded that one day, ‘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.’ (4)”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going … I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:1-6)
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” Rev 21:4
Thank you Lord that as the story goes on, the picture changes. Thank you that one day you will make all things new. Thank you that one day, my 10 year old client will have a new body.Help me Lord to live with the suffering now, knowing that one day there will be no more pain. Amen. (Written by Mary Dicker)
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