Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.  For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

These are some of the sweetest verses that I’ve recited to myself over and over again throughout the years. This summarizes the hope that we have in Jesus.  This life is not easy. The verses capture that in saying that our earthly tent can be destroyed, we may be groaning and burdened. We may feel that we are drowning in this life, that our souls are groaning and our woes are swapping us up. God knew that. He knew that this life would be hard and He gave us this scripture so that we know that we are seen and understood. He sees our hurt and is with us in it every step of the way.

In the last couple of years, I’ve learned to cling to these verses because it doesn’t just end here. I find so much comfort in knowing that God knew I would be struggling in this life and that He understands. I’m not in my moments that I feel like I’m drowning alone. That, in itself, is incredible and comforting.

In our moments of fear, hurt, pain, groaning, He reminds us of our eternal hope, bought by our Savior. He gave us the Spirit to remind us that this is not our home. Our souls long for our eternal home because this is not where we belong. Though this life is hard, we can set our eyes on our home in the heavens, with our Savior. It will not always be like this. We can’t even imagine the glory of seeing the face of our God, the peace that will be all consuming. I know this life is hard. Even though it feels impossible, it will not be forever. But friend, God knew that too. He is here in these moments with us. Listen to the nudging of the Holy Spirit to set your eyes on our eternal home. In seemingly hopeless circumstances, we have hope. Don’t give up friend. Fight the good fight, keep your eyes on our home in heaven.

Lord, thank you for understanding me in my hardest moments. You knew this life would be hard and gave me these scriptures as an encouragement. Life is hard, my soul is groaning and weary. Thank you for not leaving me alone in my hurt. Thank you Holy Spirit for reminding me that even when the world feels hopeless, I have a hope that anchors my soul. Help me to keep my eyes set on my eternal home and to keep an eternal perspective. Thank you Lord. Amen

Author: Becca Artymenko