........I have lived now long enough to know that life can be beautiful, have times of great joy and moments of awe in God and Grace that we will remember the good of those good things/times for all eternity for they were Grace things, God with us moments that stood out strong in our life.
But there also comes the day when Jesus said of the Church that He will take us into His highest presence. In the place of His highest presence is fulness of Joy, Happiness, and Gladness. From the presence of the Lord in that day the Lord will fulfill the following scripture. For in this life at times, though we enjoy the beauty of the Rose and we should, sometimes we feel the reality of its thorns and cry. In this life the Joy of the Lord has a cross attached to it. Ask Peter.
Life is not without test or without trial. Life is not without troubles and trying times. We bear these things thru the power of God. Thru faith in His covenant presence and promises, Lo I am with you always even to the end of the world Jesus promised. We stand thru it all thru the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost that gives us real hope. We stand by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us.
I have cried and I have been comforted with the comforts of God. And then I wake up again to find His joy, His purpose for that new day by obedience. In this New Day I see that which has always been, before the called of God, life and death, blessings and cursing, good and evil awaiting my choice as it was with the children of Israel before us. In the sweetness of the New Morning I hear the voice of the King say afresh....Choose you this day Who you will serve. There are things I need you to do, say, and write. Come and follow Me.
Revelation 7:14-17....New King James Version (NKJV)
14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation (Great Trial), and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (They believed, obeyed and served the Lamb.). 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple (We will still serve the Lord forever). And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Strange how it is during the fiery trials of this life, when the heat rises we suddenly cry out for rapture......deno.....share freely.