Do you feel like you’re in the middle of a storm right now? Me, too.

This summer I’m on a mission to give you the best encouragement I can give. So I’m writing a series of short posts, called Encouragement One-2-One, featuring one thought, 2 quotes and one question.

So here’s my encouragement on enduring the storm:

One Good Thought

In the midst of the storm, remember to look up!

A hurricane of darkness seems to be sweeping across the globe right now. Strong winds of plague and ugliness are blowing, leaving destruction and death in their wake.

But don’t despair: if you belong to the Lord, your greatest days are ahead of you—not behind you.

So when you feel like a storm is raging all around, remember to look up and imagine your shining future. This will give you strength to face the day.

This creative view of YOUR future might help:

Someday

Someday there’ll be no ER, or chemo or ICU—in fact, there will be no hospitals at all.

Hearing aids, eye glasses and wrinkle cream won’t be needed.
Words such as “orphanage,” or “nursing home,” or “asylum” will not exist.

Insurance agents, relief workers and tombstone makers will simply have to find
another line of work. Lawyers will close their offices, for there will be
no lawsuits to file, or prosecutions to make, or cases to argue.

Perhaps bankers will count blessings instead of counting money. That way,
they can leave their vault doors open wide, with a sign that says, “Help yourself.”

Priests might get a little bored, for confession booths will be empty.
Sermons will given merely for enjoyment, but never for rebuke or correction.

Farmers may be quite popular, for they’ll have abundance to share. Although they won’t need pesticides, they will need as many harvesters and combines as they can find.

Someday grandmothers won’t keep Kleenex, Band-aids, and cough drops in their purses anymore,
for their grandchildren will not be asking for them.

The longer-lasting light bulb will simply be a joke. “Son”glasses and dancing shoes will be best sellers at the mall. Blue jeans won’t rip or need patches (unless you want to add them). And hopefully, experts will consider ice cream to be the ultimate health food.

Canvasses may be hard to find, since painters will have so much beauty to inspire them.
Their paintings will feature exquisite colors; colors that we’ve never seen before.

Choirs, like birds on a spring morning that never ends, will sing with all of their hearts.
Their magnificent voices will resound with praise and their smiles will not fade.

Dazzling white robes will be all the rage. Crowns studded with gold stars will be en vogue.

Praise music will blare from every home. And church bells will simply ring for joy, but never for alarm.

Someday, life will be far better than it is today. Someday believers in Christ will enjoy many great blessings, but being together in the Lord’s presence will be the greatest blessing of all.

                                                                                                       ©Copyright 2020 by May Patterson

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While this is a creative look at your future with the Lord, it’s not far from reality. No matter how dark the storm is today, remember it will NOT last–warning: blessings are ahead.

In the midst of the storm, remember to look up!

2 Good Quotes

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor. 2:9)

“The Lord will destroy the veil of sadness that covers all the nations. He will destroy the gloom that is spread over everyone. He will swallow up death forever. The Lord and King will wipe away the tears from everyone’s face. He will remove the shame of his people from the whole earth.” (Is. 25:7-8)

One Good Question

Looking up is a great thing to do–especially if you’re down. So, spend some time this week imagining your future with the Lord. What do you think heaven will be like?

 

*Read further about your bright future in my book, Seeking a Familiar Face.

 

Want a free printable of the poem above? Email me at hello@maypatterson.com to request “Someday” and I’ll send it to you.