Renee’s mum sends us letters of Renee’s family history, including how her grandparents moved from Cape Town, South Africa to Rhodesia in the 1920’s. They moved from a city next to an ocean, to a farm about 35 kilometres from a town in the bush in the middle of land-locked Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It was a big change! It was a five-day train journey there.

It was such a massive change. Not only was their life ’very basic’ and they were very poor to start with, but life was isolated. Initially their transport  was oxen and cart. When the rivers flooded they could not get to town. When they got a car it was an old 2nd-hand Model T Ford. One time they travelled to the famous Victoria Falls and it took them weeks. They drove on dirt tracks through the bush, had frequent flat tires, and the poor-old Model T couldn’t get up lots of the hills. They had to take everyone and everything out, push and pull the car up the top of hills, then load everything and everyone back in. Exhausting. Tedious. Hard.

As I read these letters, their life seems very foreign to myself and my girls, so strange, as though their life was a Millenia ago instead of just a century ago.

Friends, life here on this Fallen earth and life in the new creation are like that: so different they can feel like they are totally different things. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul tells us just this:

“But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?’ …. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed …. But God gives it a body as he has determined …. So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” (vv35-38; 42-43).

So, when you’re again struggling with this life being hard or tedious or feeling so different to how life should be, take heart: your feelings/thoughts/experiences are a true and accurate reflection of (some of) life now. BUT, although it might not feel like it, or it can be hard to imagine it, life will be SO DIFFERENT AND SO MUCH BETTER LATER. All the hard things will be gone; all the good things will be amplified a million times. That’s hard to imagine (as was life in rural Rhodesia a century ago) … but it’s true!