“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” Earl Nightingale
I suppose I could have changed this quote to something a bit more personal: I won’t fear the time that passes just because I have an incurable disease. The time will pass anyway; I might as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
Even though, praise God, I am doing so much better now (except for this blasted sinus infection!), there are still so many things I wish I could do. There are even more things I want very badly to do, but because of Myasthenia Gravis, I am not able. But you know what? I’ll never give up. I’ll never give in. I feel like I might as well try to do something good with my time; it’s going to go by… whether quickly or slowly, it will pass. So why sit and pout and be miserable?
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I have my moments. Ask my husband. I have a pity party now and again, and I suppose I “boo-hoo” from time to time. But I’d like to think that overall, my attitude is primarily positive. You see, I have HOPE. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here. Yes, you read that right. I would NOT be here on planet earth any longer if I didn’t believe there was more.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’” John 11:25 NKJV
So if I die, how can I live? Seems a bit oxymoronic, doesn’t it? But friends, it is true. There is no truer truth in the entire world. Because of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross so many years ago on a hill called Golgotha, when I die in my physical body, I will finally and truly be alive! I will be pain-free, perfect, healthy, and never shed a tear again. Oh, Glory! Do you understand that? Do you KNOW Jesus?
He has changed my life. Living with a debilitating, chronic, neuro-muscular disease is not a lot of fun. There are many times I’m not happy. But the JOY that lives in my heart! Oh, the joy! Beloved of God (and that’s YOU, yes, you….anyone reading this!) I am able to have joy and peace in my very soul because I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God gave up His one and only Son to die on a rugged cross so that I, so that you, might live forever with Him. All we have to do is choose to say yes to His incredible offer of hope!
“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.” Revelation 7:16-17 NKJV
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” Revelation 21:3-5
Hallelujah! Again, God is saying He will wipe our tears! Do you know what that means to someone like me who lives with chronic pain? With many, many tears?
In the Old Testament, the tabernacle was the earthly house that God lived in. In the book of Exodus, God gave Moses and the Israelites very specific instructions on how to build it. Because the Israelites were traveling through the wilderness, this large “house of God” was able to be moved from one place to another while the people traveled. But not just anyone could go into the house of God. Specifically, the Holy of Holies, where God's presence literally dwelled, was only accessible to ONE man: the High Priest.
So in Revelation 21:3 we read that the tabernacle of God (His home) is now with MEN! God Himself will dwell with us! He will be with us. He will be our God. And He WILL wipe our tears.
I have had this disease called Myasthenia Gravis for over 20 years now. I was 25 when I had my first symptom. It has taken a lot from me.
But one thing it can NEVER take from me is the hope I have. Hope for a future, in heaven, with God…