Glory Just Around the Corner…

Last week I grabbed some washi tape and posted this scripture up on my wall, and every single time I sit down at my desk I am met face to face by its truth…

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
1 Peter 4:12 {MSG}

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The first time I read that scripture I literally just threw my head back and laughed. It is pin-pointing the very thing I have been feeling lately, and right behind the tough stuff is the glimmer of hope that only Jesus gives. “…with glory just around the corner.” I just love how real the Bible is. Like, despite what people might assume, no one ever actually said that being a Christian makes your life any easier. Because you see, being a Christian doesn’t change the circumstances of the world. Being a Christian, does however, change the circumstances of your heart.

Let me elaborate. Christianity is a simple declaration of our desperate need for a Savior. It is a declaration of a heart bent toward heaven, arms high in surrender, shouting “I will follow you because I can never be enough in my own strength.” (Translation: I am not perfect. I’ll never be perfect. But I know a guy who is and He’s enough to sanctify my mess). To some, this statement encompasses cowardice or weakness. But to Christ, it is wisdom. It is courage. It is strength. It is grace received and trust expressed. It is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Heb 11:1). It is beautiful and honest and willing. But it’s not always easy, and that’s the point I’m trying to make.

For each of us, life’s difficulties can look so super different. In different seasons, we have different difficulties. Sometimes our difficulties are meaningless in the realm of eternity, and other times they are just the opposite. But the greatest truth of all is that, just as it says, we can be glad in our difficulties because we are in the very thick of what Christ Jesus himself has already experienced! What could be better than a God who can literally empathize with us in life’s muddy moments?! I’ll tell you what could — a God who empathizes with us in life’s muddy moments in order to refine us that we might see His glory JUST AROUND THE CORNER! HELLLLLO!!! Does this jazz anyone else up or is it just me!? We are continually being bettered by a Father in heaven so that we might receive the abundance of gifts He has waiting for us…just around the corner. (PRAIZE HANDS EMOJI WHERE YOU AT WHEN I NEED YA?!)

Have you ever been driving somewhere or walking in a new city and you get lost? Like you get SO lost that you buy an actual paper map (these do still exist) and you betray Siri for Google Maps and then even after that extra hour of trying to figure it out you’re still lost and super frustrated and outwardly disappointed and so basically you just decide to give it up and forget about it? And then you’re talking to someone or you somehow find out that you were LITERALLY on the street directly next to your intended destination? And you want to PUNCH SOMETHING because you were so freaking close. Oh I have totally been there. But here God is saying “KEEP ON READING THE MAP! Look at it from a different angle. Call for directions. Ask somebody for help. But please…pleasepleaseplease don’t throw in the towel just yet. Because if you walk just a few more steps you’re going to turn the corner to the very thing you were looking for.

Look, I don’t know what you’re praying for. Maybe it’s for a family member or for a new job or for a child or a friend. Maybe it’s for a clean bill of health. Maybe you’re praying for a future spouse (raising hand) or for a dream that you’re holding in your heart. Maybe it’s just for the strength to make it through another week. Whatever it is, know that it is significant in the eyes of Christ. And when you’re at the end of the rope, tie a knot and hold on, okay? Our earthly eyes cannot always see the eternal thing that God is doing in the moment, but when we bend our hearts toward Him and throw our hands up in surrender to Him he promises to show Himself faithful.

Be encouraged…the fulfilled promises of a true God are coming…just around the corner.
Praying and believing with you for that glory to come soon,

 Melissa Signature