The Best of Times….The Worst of Times
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins “A Tale of Two Cities”. Since my high schooler was reading this classic story, I decided to read it, too. I love the way Charles Dickens masterfully creates contrasts.
“It was the best of times…” It was Christmas Eve. “It was the worst of times.” It was Grandma Barbara’s last breaths on earth. My son, along with his new bride, Leah, and her family, read Luke 2 and sang Christmas carols to her grandma as she died at Christmas – a time meant for celebrating the Savior’s birth, not for crying tears of loss. How about you? As a leader, as a coworker, as a parent, what about your “best of times/worst of times”?
Around the time of Grandma Barbara’s death, my Bible readings, the struck me with contrasts in the best of times and the worst of times. In Genesis 1, God created this incredibly amazing, intricate, beautiful world: the best of times. But in Genesis 3, evil enters: the worst of times.
Our sins: the worst of times. But Lamentations 3:22-23 promises, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” The best of times.
John contrasts light and darkness. The best of times, the worst of times. John 1:4-5, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
As long as evil exists on earth, it will indeed be the worst of times. But it is also the best of times, as Christ came to earth, initially as a babe in Bethlehem and then walking the road to the cross where He paid the price of my sin and yours, and rose victoriously on the third day as He conquered sin and death!
And what a day it will be someday when there will be NO more “worst of times”. It will be the very best of times as Christ wipes away the tears of Grandma Barbara’s loved ones and ALL of us. Revelation 7:15-17 tells us, “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Truly the best of times!
Karen Sue Hinz Murdy, Certified Exercise Physiologist and Motivational Speaker, loves to encourage and equip people both in their physical and spiritual walk with the Lord. She has spoken for MOPS, WLI, Best Practices, LWML, WI Teachers’ Conference, women’s retreats, and others. For more information, please check out karensuemurdy.blogspot.com or call 608-346-9866.WLI