I e-wrote this to a friend today:
One thing really encouraged me from a Tim Keller sermon on Hebrews recently [(our small group is studying Hebrews and listening to the sermons, too)]. I long so much for [my husband] to get “fixed,” for life to improve (sometimes these days I ONLY want pain relief and could care less about sanctification and knowing Jesus), for me to mellow, and I despair that life will never change.
But Tim reminded me that one day, in eternity, all of our longings WILL be fulfilled: every wrong will be righted and every effect of sin, overturned.
So this longing for relief is real and legitimate and will one day be fulfilled, as Romans 8 reminds us.
Oops, but maybe not in this life.
That really does encourage me, that when the “end” comes, when the old earth is replaced by the new heavens and the new earth, my aching longings will cease. One day I will be perfect! My husband will be all I ever wanted (although then I will have Jesus and that will be all I ever wanted)! One day, I’ll LOVE my job. Hallelujiah!
P.S. In the meantime, our family is taking a REAL Holiday at Sea (on a ship!). Will post again when we return!