The gazebo in our garden is a lovely, cool place to have a quiet time in the mornings. The only problem is the mosquitoes. I spray myself when I remember and light a citronella candle, but very often I become aware of two or three itchy bites at breakfast time. They are very, very annoying and I know the more I scratch them, the itchier they become, but I can’t help it.
With my mind and experience I know that by the next day the itch will be gone and even the red bump will have faded. However, that doesn’t help the present discomfort.
Paul says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Rom 8:18 NIV)
I would like to rephrase it. Our present problems are like mosquito bites compared to the wonderful things God has in store for us.
Problems come every day. No sooner do we overcome one problem than another is ready to take its place. Most of these are not of our doing but are very stressful all the same.
I live in an area of South Africa where lightning storms are frequent and violent. A friend’s house was struck by lightning last week. It frizzled her gate motor, security cameras, all her UPS backups and all the light bulbs. Even after the electrician had called and replaced all the lights, the power seemed to weaken and strengthen in unpredictable waves. She was stressed and distracted and, even though she knew with her mind that things would eventually be back to normal, she felt downhearted and overwhelmed.
Some problems don’t seem to have an end in sight. However, we are promised that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28 NIV)
We might not see the promised good this side of the grave but we trust that God’s Word is true and reliable. There will come a time when we will look back and regard our troubles as no more than annoying mosquito bites, forgotten in the Glory of God.