Hold on to Your Fork! (Devotions for Real Homeschool Moms)
We live in a fallen world. It's easy to see. There's sickness and death and cruelty of people toward other people. There's bigotry and hatred and poverty. It's not a good place.
If we're Christians, however, it's not all we have to look forward to. We have something far better.
When he was growing up, they went to his Grandma's for Sunday dinner. As the meal was being finished and plates were being cleared, sometimes Grandma would say the words everyone wanted to hear, "Hold on to your fork." The family all liked to hear this because they knew that meant Grandma had made dessert that Sunday and they needed to keep the fork for the good things that were coming.
My distant cousin wanted to be buried with his fork because he knew something better was coming, and he was ready.Paul puts it this way in Romans 8:18-21
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We are living in a fallen and sin-cursed world. Pain and death and destruction are a part of what happens on a regular basis. But, one day, that will all pass away, and God's glory will be revealed. When that happens, what we experience will be so much better, so much greater than anything we can imagine.