"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. Rom. 8:18-19 ESV
In one 24 hour period this week my father-in-law passed away, my Dad was rushed to the hospital (where he still is), I found out that I have spinal stenosis in my neck that may require surgery, I cannot drive or work until I get a doctor's clearance due to numbness in my right hand because someone hit my son and I in an auto accident last week, a loved one was arrested and jailed, and several more things not worth listing.
Monday morning, in the midst of all this, I heard about Rick Warren returning to the pulpit 3 months after his son committed suicide, floods all over the Northeast and North Carolina leaving people without a home, and a youth pastor, his wife and another person killed in a bus about a mile from home in Indiana while returning from a youth camp. That morning, I was looking through my computer images to try to find a picture of my wife and my father-in-law when I stumbled on this picture of Estella and Zoey on Easter, with baskets in hand. While we groan for what will be revealed, I look at these precious grandchildren on the most hopeful day of the year--Resurrection Sunday--and realize that as I consider the present sufferings, they are not worth comparing to the glimpse of glory that I see revealed in these "daughters of God." It really puts everything perspective and makes me long with all creation for the rest of the revelation.