We all have our coping mechanisms to manage life. After all, it is as Job in the Bible pronounced—that man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. Not that I was conscious of it, but I think I learned to stay away from feeling things too deeply. It has worked well and has helped me get on with life. Thankfully, this has not meant that I lead a boring life. No one who has read my posts about my garden and my chickens would think that I live a dull life. [Also, in more recent times, my grandson is reopening long-closed doors to the touchy-feely side to love and joy.]
I don’t remember how I got to listening to this oldie from The Platters today, but when I did, I remembered—although just for a passing moment—the romance and heady intensity of my teen years. A day will come when we will have all that richness and more, but in a safe space. If I did not know that the day will come, I would have spent my years seeking endlessly after ever-elusive happiness, fun, and romance, but never quite finding anything of lasting worth.
The same Job, I mentioned earlier was able to declare: For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. The Bible defines faith as the assurance of things hoped for and as the conviction of things not seen. Job hoped for that great and glorious day when everything will be set right. He hoped for it, but it was an assured hope. He could not yet see that day with his eyes but he had no doubt that the day would come. We can see Job’s faith in the emphatic nature of his statement, “For I know . . . yet in my flesh shall I see God . . . mine eyes shall behold, and not another.”
When Job says “my flesh” and ‘mine eyes,” he conveys to us that it was no airy-fairy fool’s paradise, that he was talking about. When earth and heaven is renewed, the Lord will actually stand on this earth, and he—Job—will experience all this in his own resurrected body and he will actually see that Redeemer with his own eyes, not someone else’s.
From the depths of nostalgia and loss, the child of God knows that heaven will satisfy every legitimate longing. It will be relief indeed to bask in the Lamb’s light, as our thirsts are fully assuaged, to know that the curse of sin has been lifted and that our enjoyment and fun is pure. Because that is my worry with much of the relaxation and fun today, that sin somehow creeps into everything. Christians are not meant to be wet blankets, going about with a long face. And we must work at enjoying the God-given gifts of the present, but for some of these other intense longings, I think I’ll wait for a safer time, thank you very much. And that day will surely come.