“For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven…”-2 Corinthians 5:2
This was our memory verse for week 2 of camp. Little did I know how relevant it would become as we neared its end. When I first began studying it during training week, I remember dwelling on the first few words: “for in this we groan…” It reminded me of a few scriptures in Romans 8 (verses 20-23) that talk about creation’s longing for redemption and restoration to what it was originally made to be. And I couldn’t help but cringe at the thought of how far we’ve fallen from what God intended. This longing, this yearning, only serves to further validate the fact that this life and this world are not my ultimate source of satisfaction or purpose- I wasn’t made for this. And thank God, this life is not the end of my story. Because if I didn’t have hope in a glorious eternity spent with my Lord, if there is no hope of the resurrection, I would certainly echo Paul in saying that I would be “most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:19).
Thursday forced me to consider the meaning of our memory verse in a new way. Thursday reminded me of my mortality. Thursday brought with it what most would refer to as “the stomach bug.” As I began to experience some of the nausea and discomfort that I’m familiar with from times past, all I could pray was: “God, please no. Not now. Make this better. Don’t let me get sick.” Repeat prayer x1000. Four hours later, I was on the bathroom floor. Frustrated. Tired. Doubtful. Humbled. Even though I so badly wanted to curl up in a ball and be miserable until whatever it was had run its course, God would not have it so. As long as I was conscious, He would bring hymns, scriptures, or quotes to my mind about His goodness, His purpose, and His glory. And even though I was trying so hard to be mad, He wouldn’t let me surrender to that desire. The memory verse for the week and the verses from Romans and various Psalms flooded my mind. Another verse I contemplated for some time was Revelation 21:5, which says, “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
What an encouraging thought; what a glorious hope! That all of the pain or suffering we endure in this life are not in vain and will pale in comparison to His glory (Romans 8:18). That our hearts will be restored and our very souls renewed in His presence and all of the longing will be vanquished by the all surpassing splendor of our Great God. Thursday increased that longing, but not without increasing my hope for whatever divine revelations are left in store for me before He calls me home. I leave you with these verses and I pray that whoever reads this shares my hope because they trust in the precious blood of Jesus Christ to plead on their behalf when they stand before His throne.
“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”-Philippians 3:20-21
Thank you to everyone who has kept up with this so far and please keep everyone’s health here at camp in your prayers. God is good all the time!
In Christ and for the glory of God Almighty,