By Debra Whittington
…Great is thy faithfulness….
I heard about an elderly lady who lamented to a friend about why God is leaving her here on this earth. Since she has numerous health issues and is unable to get out and go do the things she once did. She feels as though her life is over and she just exists, not really living any more. My heart goes out to her as she struggles with each day and the challenges that come with it.
This got me to thinking and I told the friend maybe her place in heaven isn’t ready for her yet. Jesus promised His disciples a place was waiting for them in heaven, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John 14:1-3)
Evidently this lady’s mansion isn’t ready yet. I am not trying to be sacrilegious, but perhaps the sheetrock on the walls of that mansion is just now going up. When the mansion is ready, the lady will take up her new residence.
Years ago I knew a dear, precious saint who refused to give up serving the Lord. She suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed and bedridden for the remainder of her life. Every time I went to visit her in the nursing home she asked me about any prayer requests I knew about. She said even though her body was no longer any use to the Lord, she could use her mind and heart to pray for others. I am sure today she is in that mansion the Lord prepared for her with a new body with no pain or limitations.
Living with chronic health issues can easily open the door to discouragement and the fear that the Lord can no longer use us. The Bible is full of examples of those who served the Lord in later years. We can read about Abraham, Moses, and others in the Old Testament. Among the people in the New Testament are Simeon and Anna who were serving the Lord in the temple in their advanced years and were given the privilege of seeing Jesus, the Messiah before their deaths.
Based on Lamentations 3:23 is a beautiful old hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” that relates the following, “Morning by morning new mercies I see, All I have need Thy hand hath provided…Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
Discouragement will creep up on us from time to time as we wonder how we can serve the Lord. At those times we can claim the faithfulness of the Lord to see us through until He has our mansion ready for us to move into.
Debra Whittington is a long time resident of Tucumcari. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org