As we all are keenly aware, life presents us with seasons of peaks and valleys, lows and highs. Times of relative ease with little, if any, problems followed by times of serious stress and troubles. Undoubtedly, one of the lowest of times of life is when dealing with the death of someone, particularly a close friend or loved one. At these moments, life seems to grind to a halt and just getting through a routine day can be a struggle.
For example, in just the past week we all have been reminded of the frailty of life with the passing of Rosemary McNamara, someone that I know several in the church have known for multiple decades. On a personal note, the mother of a long-time friend, and one of my elementary teachers, lost her battle with cancer in the past 2 weeks. And most unexpectedly, just this week our own 5 year old dog ran onto the road in front of our house to chase another dog, unfortunately at the same time a car was coming down the road, resulting in Remi being severely hit and having to be put down. And while I certainly don’t mean to compare the passing of a dog to a human life, for those who are fellow dog-lovers, the passing of a much-loved family pet is a very difficult occasion for a family to go through.
What a depressing devotional this is, right? I certainly agree, until we point out of the sections of Scripture in our reading today. Isaiah 25:8 reads, “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.” We read the same idea in Revelation 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
What a day for us a believers to look forward to! No more death; no more good-byes. No more tears; no more pain. All the problems if this life will be in the distant past and we will forever be able to be with the One who brought us the victory. So whether you are going through a time of peaks or valleys right now, may we rejoice today in the future we have as believers.