Do you ever have those days when you just lose hope?
You feel like you have no purpose, no motive. What are you working toward, really? You feel so beaten down, so stuck in a rut, so sick and tired of the mundane that you just don't want to go on.
That was my day today.
It was cloudy and humid. I'd just watched a horribly depressing video about death in anatomy class. I felt swamped with school and, though I needed to do the work, I didn't want to. Everything felt pointless. Meaningless. I felt like I had lost my hope.
During study hall, I left campus, feeling desperate. I pulled into Sonic, turned off my car, and moved my sit back as far as it would go. And, searching for something, some answer, some message of hope, I opened my Bible to a random page, praying that God would lead me somewhere in His Word.
I opened up to John 14, and skimmed a few verses before finding one that seemed to stick out to me.
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." - John 14:18
I could feel in my spirit that it was important. It was something I needed to know. But, I couldn't quite tell what it meant yet. I still felt dejected. I still yearned for that hope.
Praying again that God would somehow make clear what He was trying to show me, I opened my Bible randomly once more.
"For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?" - 1 Thessalonians 2:19
A sudden thought hit me like a plank of wood.
He's coming for me.
Jesus is coming for me.
My God is not going to leave me here, without hope, without cause, without purpose. He is coming for me.
What is my hope? My joy? My crown of exultation? He is coming for me!
Can you feel it!? The insurmountable joy that comes from this? Every day of our lives we have something to look forward to. We have a reason to live. We have a purpose.
It is the rock we build our lives on. The truth that we can stand on. The one thing in this world that was, is, and always will be certain.
Jesus is coming for us.
He will not leave us on this earth as orphans. He's coming.
I went back to school, having to reign in my spirit, because I wanted to shout it at the top of my lungs. I wanted to tell everyone I saw:
Do you know!? Have you heard!?
He's coming for me.
And He can come for you too.