Revisiting: When Will It End?

 This is a devotional from May of 2012. In many ways, this is a painful repost for me; but the message within makes it worth the pain.  I choose to believe that my husband is now in that place prepared for him and that someday, I will be there, too.

Despair

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that 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. John 14:1-3

“When is this going to end?” 

My husband looked at me dejectedly.  He was at his wits end.

“I don’t understand this. I want to know when it will end.”

I’d wager most of us have said this at one time or another in our lives, particularly those of us with chronic conditions or seemingly never-ending challenges.

What triggered his comment?

First we had a property flood - 18-24’ of water outside due to a clogged culvert that lets water flow off our property.  6-7’ of water inside that did well over $10,000 worth of damage.  (We had sump pump failure insurance but not flood insurance.)

We had a dumpster FULL of damaged belongings.

Our well was “infected” with bacteria and I’m allergic to the chlorine they use to clean it out so we had a week’s stay at a motel we couldn’t afford.

Our water softener died.

My mother who lives with us was getting ill.

Our camper had the water tank broken when trying to move it so we’d have a place to cook for me.  (I can’t eat at restaurants due to horrendous food allergies.)

Tensions were high ...

And that was just one week.

It seemed never ending.

So when my husband asked “When is this going to end?”, I answered so incorrectly.  I said “Never.”  I recalled the quote “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

I realize just how wrong I was.

One day this all WILL end.  Everything each and every one of us are going through will one day come to an end.

Yes, pain and suffering does cause you to consider eternity.  

Those of us who believe in Christ, know that one day - we will have that happy ending we long for.

For those who do not believe, well - their ending may be quite different.

I can remember the first time I realized that there was “more” than this life.  I had a poster that said “Don’t worry!  You’ll never get out of this world alive.”

At first I thought it was cute.  Then I started thinking about it and to be honest it scared me beyond words.  I started thinking “What DOES happen after this life?”

I know many think this life is all there is.  I feel sorry for them.  To have no hope must be a dreadful thing.

For those of us who do know there is something beyond this, there are different perceptions of what will happen.

For Christians, however, we have our hope firmly cemented in Christ and His words that He “goes to prepare a place for us” and “one day He will come back for us.”

<Huge sigh of relief!>

When will this end?

When it’s supposed to.

Father God, Thank you that during the onslaughts of life, we can have the assurance that one day all the pain and suffering will end.  Grant us the ability to hold on to the hope and endurance this life requires as  we look to our future home with You.  Help us to learn and to grow ever closer to You until that day comes.  Amen and amen.

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