Groan, but do not grumble!

Little time elapses between one cataclysmic event and another.  We rejoice when we sing “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands”—especially when we reach the words, “that wee tiny baby in His hands” or “You and me brother, in His hands!”  Such knowledge is peaceful, restful, comforting, it is like a tranquilizer.

No matter our background or experience in life, there are moments when it seems that God has taken hold of this old “globe”, and made us aware that though He made Eden in all of its magnificence, a problem called “sin” was at the doorstep of Adam and Eve, and when they sinned, an eruption of climatic proportions so enveloped our earth as to leave it marred, until, one day He will destroy it.

Patty often spoke of all of creation echoing the pains of corruption and it’s “groans”.  She would speak freely of music and its beauty, and then of its descent to its modern stage.  She spoke of her enjoyment playing Chopin, whereas she would show disappointment with Beethoven incorporating too much minor; at the same time she would be quick to compliment their music genius.  However, one is aware of the existence of “the minor key” that is a result of the sinful acts of Adam and Eve.  (Romans 8) 

The beauty of that phrase, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to the futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the glory of the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.  And not  only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.  For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?”

One cannot read these verses without looking at the next verse… “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” (Romans 8:18-25)

Groan, but do not grumble!    For a believer, the best is yet to come!

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