We are all dancing on the edge of glory whether we recognize it or not. My mother-in-law was admitted into the hospital late Monday night and moved into ICU yesterday. After years of battling asthma, countless bouts with bronchitus & pneumonia – her lungs are scarred and weak. She was having trouble breathing when we were there on Friday and got worse over the weekend. She is stable now and doing much better. They hope to move her to a regular room today. I am so thankful and relieved.
Yesterday, I went through a gamit of emotions: fear, anxiety, panic, anger (I don’t know what I was angry with exactly- I just want to acknowledge that it was there) and inner restlessness. I prayed and wondered what was going to happen. Then placed all of it in God’s hands and waited. Every time, panic welled up, I beat it back.
If there is one thing I am hyper aware of this year, it is that if it is your time to cross into the glory of eternity, nothing can stop it. If it is not, then you won’t go.
This year I have been impacted and touched by the deaths of those who have quickly passed into eternity. One minute they are here, the next they are gone. My friend’s dad, our worship team member’s husband are two people that seem plucked out of earth without a moments notice. This time last year a friend of ours, Ron Cross, was in the throws of pancreatic cancer. He had lost weight but not his persevering spirit and went with us to the satalite Willow Creek Conference at Lakeside Assembly. That was the last time I saw him. I think it was cardiac arrest that actually took him, not the cancer.
Since then, it seems like over and over I am reminded that we are always dancing on the edge of glory. We don’t know how or when our time will come. The hope that fuels our faith is for God’s great mercy on this side and His eternal life on the other side. The eternal hope we carry with us isn’t for the temporary healing of our bodies but the eternal healing of our souls. It is the eternal life promised to us on the other side of the veil of mortality.
Hear me– I believe in praying for healing and have seen the hand of God touch many bodies and restore them to health. I believe God wants to heal our bodies in the temporary today and completely in the eternal tomorrow.
The miracle of salvation that is the hope of heaven is what transforms our life on earth, not the other way around.
A transformed life on earth does not lead to eternal life in heaven, it is the evidence of it.
Eternal salvation is a gift from God that holds within it the freedom, forgiveness and hope that releases us to truly live abundant lives on earth.
When I pray for healing, my trust lies not in the healing but in the Healer. I am praying for full healing for my mother in law. I love her and want her here with us for as long as possible. I will continually communicate this to God, he is my Heavenly Father and as his daughter, I am going to talk to Him about this a lot. I am also aware that I am not the author of her life, God is. He knows what her story will be and how it will end. He is author of mine as well. We only see the pages that are written on this side of his glory and wonder at the mystery of eternal life on the other side of it. What it will be is a mystery.That it will be is a promise.
“[Resting] in the hope of eternal life, [life] which the ever truthful God Who cannot deceive promised before the world or the ages of time began.” (Titus 1:2 AMP)
Since we are all dancing on the edge of glory- dance with all joy and no shame. Throw off everything that weighs you down and hinders your groove. Dance with your whole heart and keep your focus on Jesus who knows the moment the music of the temporary will stop and the music of eternity will begin… then dance on in.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:1, 2 NIV84)
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