“At the renewal of all things, our hearts are going to be free from grief. The joy of this will far surpass our physical relief. Think of it— if God would offer today to remove from you just one of your greatest sources of internal pain, what would you ask him to remove? And if all your brokenness were finally and completely healed, and your sin removed from you as far as the east is from the west— what will you no longer face? What will you finally be?”
-John Eldredge, All Things New
I just love this quote. In his book All Things New (highly recommend!), author John Eldredge writes about the hope we have that one day all things will be made new. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. More specifically, though, he writes about how humanity will one day be restored and no longer affected by sin.
This thought has profoundly impacted me. Especially when I get caught up in the day to day struggles of my life, I need to remember the future hope that I have in Jesus. I’m not destined to forever struggle with social anxiety. In fact, social anxiety and all of its many causes won’t even exist in the new heaven and new earth.
It is so encouraging to think about the people that we will one day be.
We will no longer have broken relationships. All of our relationships will be fully restored and healed.
We will no longer experience rejection. We will finally feel deeply accepted by God and by others.
We will no longer feel a need to prove ourselves as good enough. Instead, we will be fully secure in the love of God and one another.
And we will no longer experience fear and doubt. We will live with a deep sense of peace and certainty that no one can take away from us.
Our hearts crave hope like nothing else. Especially in seasons of anxiety, I need to remember the hope that I already have and that will one day be fully realized.
God is making all things new.
He is making me new.
This promise starts now and will last forever.