We know, of course, that when we get to heaven, we will live with God in complete happiness, unending joy, and perfect bliss. But have you realized that God doesn’t want you to wait until you get to heaven to experience some of the wonderful things He wants to give you?
God wants to live with us here on earth… now, today! How, you might think, can this be possible, especially when you are enduring such pain and suffering? The key is to first, stop worrying and trust God with your situation. Give Him all your burdens and the gift of your complete trust and then let Him work. Your first gift will be the gift of peace and there will be much more to follow – yes, even in the midst of your pain. There is so much that God has waiting to give you.
But don’t stop there… realize that God also wants to live in the world through you! He needs you to pass on to others the lessons you are learning, the peace you experience when you trust Him and the hope that all is not lost. It is in this way that you and those around you can experience the joy of being close to Christ. The example you give as you go through your suffering will be a beacon of light to all those who witness you.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).