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This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood…(Rev. 8:7)

“This too shall pass.”

My mammaw used to say this during tough times, and my dad picked this up and carried it with him into his life. By the time I was born, it was ingrained in his soul and he thus imparted it to me. When life is rough, Dad is always there to remind us that this too shall pass. 

Revelation is a mind-bending book of the Bible. Those who say they’ve got it all figured out and that Armageddon is coming in June are foolish. This is a tough book full of mystery and power and I don’t think God intended for us to totally get it.

In the beginning of Revelation, some terrifying stuff goes down. There is hail mixed with fire and blood. The grass goes scorched black. God’s wrath is unleashed and the terror would stop a man’s heart. This stuff is actually going to happen.

But it doesn’t end there. 

There is a new heaven and a new earth in chapter 21. Jesus is coming. No more tears, no more pain, no more lies. Wrongs will be made right. But first there is suffering.

God uses suffering as a paintbrush, and his strokes produce a masterpiece of mercy. He is not an evil puppeteer, pulling the strings and laughing as our arms flop around. He is a loving father who knows us deeply enough to know exactly what we need. I do not believe he forces suffering on us, but I do believe he walks with us through suffering and uses it for our good.

When the doctor walks in and flatly delivers the news that a child has passed, he is there.

When you sit in the valley of depression, he is there. 

When your marriage is wrecked, he is there.

When your eyes are dry from crying, he is there. 

He is there.

It’s not only that this too shall pass, but that it will all be better in the end. There is no silver lining of losing a child, for example, but I believe that child will reach for his mommy’s hand at the gates of heaven. All will be made right again. Spring is coming.

If you are hurting, please know you are moving towards better times. I don’t know how long that will be, so until then you’ll have to reach for Jesus’ hand and let him lead you where he needs you to go. Let him walk you through the storm and remember that this too shall pass.

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