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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Sun glasses.
Have you ever come into the house after playing out in bright sunlight and everything looks black? It is as if you have lost your sight for a moment. This is called sun blindness. After your eyes have had time to adjust you are able to see objects in the room once again.
During that moment when everything is black, the chairs, pictures, carpets, tables are still there, you just can’t see them. (Words of caution: You should never stare directly at the sun. We can protect our eyes by wearing sun glasses.)
A similar thing may happen with our feelings. Perhaps you have felt sad and, for a time, you couldn’t see the good things in your life. The good things are still there, you just couldn’t see them because of your sadness.
In the Bible Jesus spoke to a great crowd of people. One of the things he said to them was, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh” (6:21). He was speaking to those who felt sad and he wanted them to know that in the kingdom of God things would be different. For a time they might feel sadness and cry, but in God’s kingdom there is laughter.
Jesus also gave hope to people who were poor, those who were hungry, and those who were disliked because they followed him. He said, “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven…” (6:23).
There are many things we don’t know about God and his kingdom, but Jesus promises that one day we will see and understand. God’s great love is available to us now and in the future. “Your reward is great in heaven…”
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan