In 2017, I have been reciting this verse from Romans 8:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Two years ago when my mother was diagnosed with a sarcoma on the inner thigh, I memorized Psalm 103 and declared that for her healing. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and ALL that is within me, bless His holy name! WHO . . . redeems my life, renews my youth, crowns me, and heals all my diseases.” Now, that’s a paraphrase because I want to move to this year’s chapter and focus on Romans chapter eight.
My mother had about six months of feeling like her old self again and then the cancer returned last fall. Ugh. She had surgery in early January at the WONDERFUL Hershey Medical Center. We are told she has little time on this side of the veil. Sigh. We had all hoped for more time, more memories shared, more great grandbabies for her to hold and nurture. My sisters and I are honored to care for her and yet, frankly, this is hard. Really hard. My grief was compounded when one of my own daughters discovered a lump in her breast. Really? My mother and daughter?
I find great strength in memorizing the Word of God. I don’t share this with you today with pride or to make you feel intimidated or anything close to that. I just NEED to quote scripture right now. My soul is anchored there.
David once wrote, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” I am walking in a very dark valley and I sense the Lord’s presence beside me here. The only flashlight available is His Word and I treasure it, charge its batteries, and shine it (quote it) when I cannot see my hand in front of my face.
My mom is quite coherent and she’s happily helping me to memorize Romans chapter eight. The other night I helped her climb into bed and arrange her phones and medications within her reach. I bent down and kissed her forehead, then stood to my feet in that dark room and said:
Mom, consider this. The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.”
“I know,” she replied. “I know.”
Dear one, the veil is thin between here and there, and the glory that will be revealed will make these days seem so small in comparison. Whatever your trial this week, this month, or even this moment, please know that God is watching and walking with you. The valley is indeed dark, but the light of the glory of the face of God is just ahead–and that glory will be revealed in a NEW, immortal, pain-free, joy-filled body. Look–it’s just ahead. Hallelujah!