My daughter, Alyssa, is an EMT and she works on an ambulance part-time while she is going to school. Several months ago she was called to a scene of an accident where a man had too much to drink and he had been driving down a highway at a fast rate of speed. Suddenly something happened and he flew off his motorcycle about 50 feet into a bunch of brush, bushes and brambles, which were on the side of the road. This man’s angel undoubtedly saved him that night because the brush in the woods was so thick that it cushioned his fall. Alyssa arrived on the scene and fought the sticker bushes, the branches and the thick brush to reach this man to carry him to the ambulance. And praise the Lord, this man made it to the hospital, was treated and now he’s doing fine.
But Alyssa picked up more than she bargained for in those woods. A few days later she noticed a few red spots showing up on her skin which turned out to be poison ivy. Yet Alyssa is not tremendously allergic to poison ivy, so that’s where it stopped. But fair-skinned Mom happened to pick up Alyssa’s clothes she wore in the woods and put them in the washing machine... and Mom IS really allergic to poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumack and anything poison! And you guessed it, I ended up with big whelps and patches of that stuff all over my body. It was miserable to say the least!
The Bible says we reap what we sow... but sometimes we reap even what we don’t sow, we bear the consequences of someone else’s mistakes and someone else’s actions. When someone else runs the motorcycle in the woods, we get the poison ivy. When someone else makes the mistake at work, we get the blame. And even genetically, our great, great grandparents may have broken some health laws, but we may be bearing the consequences. And there are even deeper heartbreaks than this, just like the tragedy which killed thousands in New York City and Washington DC. Some individuals get mad at our government, but many innocent people lose their lives in the crossfire.
What does God have to say about it? Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord will wait that He may be gracious to you and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you, for the Lord is a God of judgment, blessed are all they that wait for Him.” God says, “Wait.” God spoke the first words of our world at creation, but we can be assured and comforted that He’s going to have the last Word! Today we live in a world with consequences... consequences that leave their trail all the way back to Adam and Eve, and the choice of sin that they made for the human race. But a day is coming when a perfect world will be ours if we remain faithful to God and patiently wait for our deliverance. I KNOW, sometimes the waiting period seems so long...but think about this. The waiting period we have right now is much more difficult for our perfect God to bear than it is for us. I watch the news on TV for just 10 minutes and I feel like I’m going to faint from the weight of the enormous heartaches happening around the world. But our precious Heavenly Father, whose heart is much more sensitive than ours, has to see the whole picture of what is happening to every human being on the face of this earth. It surely must break His heart over and over again! We long for heaven...a place where sin, death and suffering won’t exist, but the heart of Jesus longs for our deliverance so much MORE! But until that time he says, “Blessed are all that WAIT...”
When I was a little girl we would go to Northern Wisconsin on vacation every year. The seven hours seemed like such a long time to travel to three youngsters crowded in the back seat. I remember asking my Dad, “Are we almost there?” He would always reply to this recurring question, “Yes, we’re almost there, and when we get there you’ll be so happy you’ll forget all about the trip.” And I really feel that’s what Jesus is saying to you and me today. “We’re almost there...and when you get there you’ll be so happy you’ll forget all about the trip!