We drove home the other day through fields bright with late spring - wheat and corn growing, houses, cows, vehicles - a land full of color. Such beauty after a long dreary winter!
Then, the sun, hung low in the afternoon sky, began to set. The sky turned orange, then streaked with a glorious display of purples, pinks, mauves, and oranges. It caught my eye as we drove.
Then I turned my eyes back to the brightly colored fields. It was then I noticed something. It was not dark enough yet for there to be only shadows, but the colors were gone. Muted. The beautiful colors of late spring completely eclipsed by the glory of a sunset.
A verse came to mind as I sat staring out at the scene.
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us."
Not worthy to be compared. That bright spring beauty which I admired was not worthy to be compared to what was going on in the heavens. No eye would remain in the things on the earth once they saw what was going on in the heavens. Whether is be suffering or delight, difficult times or wonderful - all are not worthy to be compared. A far greater glory that will be revealed.
A quiet reminder from the God who holds my heart and knows my pain to look up. Look up at what He is doing. These sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory of what He is doing.