My youngest daughter looked out our back window and burst into tears, “Where is spring?” she wailed, crocodile tears collecting on her cheeks.
The day before had been balmy. The snow had melted and there was that “smell” in the air. But by morning, my little one looked out at a snow scene fit for Christmas day.
Oh, I know how she felt. Warm weather can be a bit of a tease this time of year. And the waiting can be hard on all of us. There’s something that happens to me in these late months of winter. It’s desperation for change, I think.
The other day I was so stir crazy, I grabbed my 3-year-old and her stroller and whisked her to the mall. At a fast pace, I strolled my daughter around the building again and again. I’m sure people thought I was a little touched, and my 3-year-old was tired of going in circles, but I didn’t care. It felt so good just to move!
Revelation’s Message of Endurance
Recently, I read through Revelation, the Bible‘s last book, and I came away with an understanding of patient endurance.
The book of Revelation has always been somewhat of a scary book for me. In the past, I’ve found it to be a piece that’s difficult to understand and strangely unnerving.
But this time around, I read Revelation with the help of the study notes in my Life Application Bible and you know what? The book didn’t seem so scary to me, and the ending is definitely something to look forward to. I came away from the book with a better connection with what its author John intended – to offer hope to Christians.
I’m not saying the end times will be easy. I guess I’m just in awe of the end of it all when the devil is finally gone and the good stuff comes.
Come, Lord Jesus
Just look at Revelation 21:3-4: “I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’”
Sounds good, right? No one knows when the events in Revelation will take place, but as this world continues in its downward spiral, it’s a comfort to know that the good times are up ahead.
So, if I’m looking at my physical surroundings, let’s say out at my own backyard, I’ll shout, “Come on spring!” But, if I’m focusing on the spiritual realm, I’m going to wholeheartedly echo the cry of John’s heart in Revelation 22:20: “Amen, Come Lord Jesus!”