Sifting Sand and Our Future Hope
Most of my childhood memories involve the beach. I used to build sandcastles, look for seashells, and dig through the sand looking for treasures, only to find what most often turned out to be just small sticks, bottle caps, and other debris.
I once heard someone describe how difficult times are like the sifting of sand. It's as if God digs deep into our hearts, revealing the impurities that lie within. As the sand falls through the small holes, God refines our hearts. And while this is often painful, it is one of God's greatest mercies to us.
This is why Paul was able to say, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds" (James 1:2). As our refiner, God takes the impurities and makes them clean. He fills the gaps left in our soul so we get more of him and look more like Jesus through the transformation our trials bring. We get to rejoice and look ahead to "the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18).
We have the great high priest who says, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). There is a temptation to fear the unknown of resting in God's hands - a fear let go of control and let go of trying to figure out what God is doing and why. This fear can paralyze us and cripple us, but we can be confident that God is our rest and that he knows - even when we don't.
It's been two months since the coronavirus pandemic began to change our lives, and I'm sure many of you are eager for things to return to normal - to the way things are "supposed" to be. But even then, things weren't the way they were supposed to be. God didn't create the world to be filled with sickness, pain, and broken relationships. When he created Adam and Eve, they were in perfect harmony with him and everything else around them. And one day, we will get to experience the perfect glory that God originally ordained for us to have in Eden - a glory that is unfathomable compared to anything we have here on Earth. God will make "all things new" (Revelation 21:5).
So as we look forward to the day when normalcy returns, keep looking. Look for the day when God will make all things new, and all who believe in him will be live with Christ for eternity. In the meantime, choose to rest in his hands and experience the fullness he offers - wholeheartedly trusting in the one who is merciful, gracious, and constant.
Danielle Dietrich serves as a Generation LINK resident at Citadel Square, working with college students and women's ministry.