“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”
– Mother Teresa
Sometimes one of the greatest gifts we can give to another is to be transparent and honest. I try to be this way even though it is not always easy. So today I am going to be transparent with the hope that it will be an encouragement.
We have been struggling lately to get our son’s medication regulated. His severe autism causes aggression, insomnia, hyperactivity, attention problems, and sensory issues to name a few of the big issues. We have tried all sorts of different medicines and combinations of medicines. We get things leveled out for a while and then problems arise. It is very difficult and most people don’t understand what our family goes through on a daily basis. I am not saying that to garner sympathy or because I’m having a pity party, it is simply a truthful fact.
Today as I was counting out his medicine, I thought about how thankful I was that there is healing and hope because of the promise of Heaven through Jesus. I was also prompted to share the following (which I shared on Facebook earlier this week) with those who follow my blog:
Landon had a dentist appointment today. It was pretty tough. I won’t elaborate on that. The positive takeaway was the dentist said “we were doing an amazing job with his teeth despite all the challenges.” When I was checking out, the following sign at the checkout desk caught my eye. I really felt strongly it was for someone else, not just me. Peace in your heart is only found in Jesus.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
~2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Whatever you may be facing today, remember that there is an end in sight. The difficulty/trial/trouble/storm does have an end because everything here on this earth is transient (lasting for a short time, impermanent.) Those things we cannot see or sometimes even fathom are eternal. And the eternal aspects of Heaven are wonderful and perfect, free from medication, autism, trouble, and difficulty.
If you are struggling today, hold the promise of Heaven in your heart. Think on Heaven’s pureness and loveliness. Think on the wonderful complexity, yet simplicity of that promise God has given to His children. If you don’t know Jesus, seek Him today. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. To know Him is to have the promise of Heaven and hope in your heart despite the difficulties in this life. The best is yet to come. If you are struggling and overwhelmed today, I am praying for God to lighten your heart and mind with His hope and promise to you.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.