The Beauty of Reversal

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” —Revelation 21:5

That Bible verse has been going through my head these days. Every time I read or contemplate the Bible, I’m astounded by the sheer number of reversals: from Eve to (Ave) Mary, from Saul to Paul, from the snake on the tree in the garden to Jesus on the cross at Calvary, from Peter’s denial to Peter’s “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” In the Bible, all the old things and old ways are made new.

Then I think of the number of reversals that have occurred in my experience, when sorrows have turned to joys, struggles to triumphs, weaknesses to strengths. Even in my own silly, insignificant life, all things are made new. All of these reversals, in the Bible and in our own lives, have one commonality: they are not brought about by humans’ endeavors alone. God works through us. He offers us the opportunity to reverse our positions, and if we open ourselves to that opportunity and His will, He will give us what we need to withstand even the most painful changes. 

2 thoughts on “The Beauty of Reversal

  1. Yeah, well, tell that to someone who’s REALLY suffered – I don’t claim I have – e.g., losing a loved one to a terrorist or an act of nature or a murderer, etc.; or someone burned in a fire not of their making; or someone who’s experienced genocide. The list is endless. There are as many evils in this world as there are good things, unfortunately. It’s nice to believe that there’s a God who makes things make sense. But it’s a lot of poppycock. And believe it or not, I do think there’s SOMEthing beyond all this meaningless nonsense we witness, not that I have a clue what it is. But to think it can be rationalized is a child’s wish, nothing more. You have a lovely spirit, Maggie; but you’re deluding yourself when you try to apply a silly mythology – which is all Christianity is (as well as Judaism and Islam) – to reality. Square peg, meet round hole. Not a fit, I’m afraid. 


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