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Topic: CALENDAR (10/20/16)
By M. C. Syben
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I need an answer to prayer. Until I receive one, I’m in neutral. Currently, my life is like treading water. I hold my head above the surface, but I’m not getting anywhere due to spine and soft tissue glitches. Writing too long at the computer contributes to a vicious pain cycle. Increased medications, for relief, work minimally but kill my creativity. Despite good reviews, I have no energy to market the five books I produced in the last six years. No decorative or utilitarian calendar needed for this empty-nester, because I’ve stopped doing.
As I watch time drift by, I ponder a pain-free existence in heaven. What will I achieve there? What activities, if any, exist in heaven? My point is maybe, just maybe, the immobilizing, physical dilemma that I’m experiencing is preparation for the time to come—learn to do nothing and be happy?
Will I just float around in a state of perfect bliss? Or will appointment reminders be required for all the activities available? Certainly, not, as my renewed mind will remember perfectly. So, how will I spend my time in the great beyond? Whoops. There is no time; it’s eternity. Let’s re-phrase. Will I be occupied in heaven?
According to an article in “Our Daily Bread,” John the apostle, saw three future heavenly activities.
“The first one is serving (Revelation 22:3). Perhaps we’ll explore an unknown corner of the universe, or, as C. S. Lewis suggests, govern a distant star. Whatever that service may entail, there will be no sense of inadequacy, no weakness, no weariness. In heaven, we’ll have minds and bodies equal to the task to which we’re assigned.
“The second activity is seeing: We “shall see His face” (v.4). “Now we see in a mirror, dimly” (1 Corinthians 13:12), but in heaven we shall see our Savior face to face, and we “shall be like Him” (1 John 3:2). This is what Revelation 22:4 means when it says, “His name shall be on their foreheads.” In heaven, we will never again struggle with sin but will reflect the beauty of His holiness forever.
Finally, there is reigning. We shall serve our King by ruling and reigning with Him “forever and ever” (v.5).”
For me, David Roper’s article clarifies that my current earthly attitudes will disappear—no need for a pity pot, frustration, or bewilderment in Heaven. Whatever God prepares for me; I’ll be willing and thrilled to do. Fine. But how does that prospect ease my helplessness, now?
Will this be the day God reveals new plans for me? How? Will a doctor appear who can fix my frailties instead of masking them with medications? Will He send an angel to market the books He inspired me to create? Will He give me a new purpose? Will He give a word of wisdom through a complete stranger reading this article?
I had begun my adult life as a secretary. I morphed into a singer, keyboardist, wife, mom, building re-habber/investor, and writer of novels and articles. I received many blessings. But, if I’m given a calendar for Christmas, will God create miracles to fill the blank spaces?
Like my mojo, my motivation went the way of the Dodo. Only God can repair, restore, and create. “Lord, I’m waiting on you; I’m all ears…but you can have the rest of me too.” Meanwhile, I’ll put this shameless plea out to the Christian community… “Help!”
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