I grew up in a football town. You’ve heard of the Professional Football Hall of Fame? Yeah, that’s in my city. The field that they use for the annual game that starts the preseason? It’s held on my high school field.
I can’t tell you the number of times that I ran those stairs for swimming conditioning, ran suicides on that turf, or marched on that field with my piccolo.
Right now, this is what that stadium looks like:
It’s gone. The only thing left are the home stands and the press box. Everything else is flattened.
To other people, and maybe even sometimes to us,
our lives looks like the first picture,
the perfect stadium full of people and lights.
But it doesn’t feel that way all the time.
When test results come back poorly.
When applications get denied.
When friends move away.
When you move away.
When things start to change.
When the unimaginable happens.
When life hits you in the face – unexpectedly.
That’s when life feels like our field has been flattened.
But the good news is that this field, and our lives, will be rebuilt –
and it will be better. So much better.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
I can’t wait for that day – when everything is made new and we are in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Have hope today – because one day, that flattened field that is your life will be made new.
Kristen Entwistle is the blog manager for Broken Beautiful BOLD and is a graduate student pursuing her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. She helps to lead worship at her church on Sunday mornings and leads a women’s Bible study on Saturday mornings. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three months old, and has seen God work through the ups and downs of life and through her disease. In response to God’s calling, Kristen started All For Him Life, a ministry seeking to encourage and challenge women of all ages in Christ with FREE Bible studies offered throughout the year.
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