God always answers prayers. Sometimes it’s ‘yes.’ Sometimes the answer is ‘no.’ Sometimes it’s ‘you gotta be kidding.’
- Jimmy Carter
On Sunday a friend texted, "He is risen!" and then added, "May he be as real to you as your problems!"
I laughed; there certainly are days when my woes seem to be more real than the resurrection. There are times when difficulties overwhelm me and I don't feel comforted. There are occasions of grief and sadness when comfort seems impossible.
And yet feelings pass away, while "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
Feelings pass away, while the Lord is "the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 22:13).
Feelings pass away, and one day we will put our crowns down before the throne and say:
You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
because you made all things.
Everything existed and was made,
because you wanted it. (Revelation 4:11)
Some day–it's true!–we will not struggle with problems here on earth, but rejoice in heaven. That's not a feeling, but a reality. No matter what tumult our emotions may be in, that's what we need to live by.
May the risen Lord be as real to you as whatever difficulty you are passing through.
Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.