“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
As we search for a true perspective, patience is a necessity. Jesus tells us to expect a paradox: He has overcome the world, yet we will have trouble. That means there is a time lag between where we are today and where we desire to be. We are standing in line, just not quite at the front counter yet.
In this world, we cannot eliminate the need for waiting. But we do not have to get to the front counter to discover truth. Pain and confusion, challenging circumstances and fleeting seasons are an inevitable part of the wait. Truth is not the elimination of these difficulties. Truth is found through a right perspective surrounding these things. It is the paradox of the Kingdom of God.
Part of gaining a true perspective is seeing waiting as a privilege. We believe the front counter is coming. But we also need to see that waiting in line is our once-in-an-existence opportunity to exercise the resurrection power of Jesus by a walk of faith.
Jesus has overcome the world by shining within it. He shines in many ways, but he desires to shine through us. Patience and faithfulness in difficulty allows his truth to peer through the inevitable troubles of life. The paradox of his kingdom is not only true, but an incredible gift.