All Things New

You’ve probably gotten this as a forwarded email, but it’s still pretty amazing. And I don’t know who should get credit for this. But give it a read:

“The human mind is a wonderfully complex organ. Our brains can actually process a group of words, even if they are spelled totally incorrectly. For example, see if you can read the following:

The hmuan mnid is a wndoreullfy cpoemlx oargn. You see? It deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod aearpr, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the human mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig isn't it?”

Ha. That last paragraph just made the spell check on my computer go crazy. Red everywhere. And yet I think most of us can read it without too much trouble. I could feel my eyes slow down a little bit. It didn’t come as quickly as usual, but it was relatively smooth. Then the writer concludes by making this point:

“Oftentimes our lives, and the world around us, don't seem to make sense. There are even times when everything seems to be a total mess. But when we take a step back and remember that God is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, we can rest assured that one day it will all become perfectly clear.”

Neat application, huh? As long as we keep the First and the Last (God) in mind, we can make sense of our lives even if they seem chaotic. Everything doesn’t have to perfect.

This is the message of the book of Revelation. That’s right. I’m breaking my general rule and I’m preaching from Revelation this morning. But I’m still ducking the crazy imagery and getting right down to the part that is relatively easy to understand. It’s this: God will fix everything.

This morning as we conclude our look at passages that give us hope in troubled times, I can’t fail to include this all important one—the one that gives all of the others their meaning. In the end, our greatest security comes from the fact that God is preparing us for a place in which everything will be as it should be. No tears, no death and the relationship with God that he always wanted us to have.

The beginning and the end are set; it’s just the middle that’s a little jumbled up. I hope that today will provide you with a preview of this wonderfully happy ending.