The grass withers, the flower fades but …

Tirzah L Jones

Over the last six months I have been thinking a lot about the temporary nature of life here on earth.

For a variety of reasons I have been living a somewhat transient lifestyle, staying with a variety of friends and relatives whilst waiting for a housing problem to be resolved. A friend is constantly saying to me, ‘Don’t worry, in Heaven your mansion is ready – no waiting needed’.

Leaving aside the slightly joking manner in which this is said, what an encouragement it is to have a comfort like this in a time of great uncertainty. God has always known us, right from the beginning and will continue to do so to the end of our lives here on earth until, finally, he takes us to spend eternity with Him. Whenever we go through trials and difficulties our God sees the whole picture, not just the little snapshot we are working through at that time.

As believers, we are blessed with this immense privilege, so surely that should drive us onwards, giving us an urgency to share the Gospel with the next generation and not be selfish by keeping this great news to ourselves. As the Psalmist says

“Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”