Romans 8: 18-19
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God
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These two verses juxtaposed are a wonder to me. Sufferings of this present age are ENORMOUS! So the glory about to be revealed has got to be over-the-top STUPENDOUS!!! And then the curtain is drawn back to reveal.....the children of God? Wait, what? The glory that is to be revealed is....(looking over shoulder, left and right)... US? Eye roll. You've GOT to be kidding me. I have a friend who on a regular basis embellishes my name with lofty titles like "Exquisite" or "Magnificent." My reaction is always the same: looking over the shoulder, left and right.....Eye roll....you've got to be kidding me. On a variety of occasions, I have said similar things to this friend and to others. When I do, I am speaking the truth of something I see. Something that has been revealed to me. I am not at all comfortable with being called "Magnificent" but coming from a person whose vision I trust....it is hard to brush it off and sometimes when I am quite alone - I peek at the mirror in my soul and try to imagine what "magnificent" might look like on me. I don't see it but what if it is not for me to see right now? What if, it is just for me to take it as my friend's word? What if the glory that is about to be revealed to all is that we all take after the One who created us all so magnificently? Maybe while we are bearing the sufferings of this present time, we can hope that who we really are is peeking out for the sake of others.
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GIve me the wisdom and the vision to see you, O Lord, in every person I meet today. Amen.