One of my favorite songs is “The End of the Beginning” by David Phelps. Its message is that although Christ’s birth and death seemed like the end, His resurrection was the beginning of new life. For His followers, Jesus’ death must have seemed like the end. They did not understand what His death accomplished. Those three days before His resurrection were probably filled with grief, despair, uncertainty, and fear. Although Christ’s earthly life and ministry came to an end, many other things were beginning–the New Covenant, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the veil torn in two, prophecy fulfilled.
Many times in my struggles with pain I have felt my life was ending. I have gone through grieving over losses and will continue to do so, if not with illness then with ageing. Yet these endings have also brought new beginnings in my life. I appreciate so many small things that I took for granted before. I am learning how to adapt to my disabilities. I have opportunities to build new relationships with other fellow-sufferers, offering mutual support and encouragement. I am learning to receive as well as to give, and to believe wholeheartedly that everything I am and have is a gift from God and not what I have done.
My battle with chronic pain began 25 years ago and although I didn’t know it then, that was the beginning of the gradual end of many things for me. But it was also the end of the beginning of a whole new walk with God. We are only at the end of this new beginning. We have an entire eternity ahead of us to experience more than we can ever dream or imagine. Our waiting may be longer than three days, but our resurrection draws closer every day. Praise God for His wonderful endings and beginnings!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I praise you for Your triumph over sin and death. Fill me with resurrection joy even through the trials of this earthly life, knowing I will soon be raised to eternally new life with you. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, vision problems, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
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What new beginnings has God brought into your life as a result of your losses?