The Hope of After

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John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’” John 1: 15

I was traveling all day yesterday so I didn’t get the chance to write for Five Minute Friday. I woke up this morning and John 1 happened to be my devotional reading this morning.

As I read this section of the chapter, I couldn’t help but think of Lisa-Jo’s word for the week. After

And then, a few other after episodes popped into my mind. Like the time Jesus tells his disciples that the greatest in the world will be last. The greatest will come after the world’s perception of great. Then I thought about the story which immediately follows, in John chapter 2, when Jesus is at a wedding that runs out of wine. After the best wine is gone, Jesus transforms normal everyday drinking water into something beautiful.

Don’t you love it? Scripture is full of stories of Jesus saving the best until last. Countless episodes of the Lord taking the world’s idea of “great” and flipping it upside down!

Jesus is always reminding us to look beyond what our eyes can see.

In His world, look at what comes after

The best are last. The weak are made strong. The proud are made humble. The lame will run and leap. The blind will see. The broken are made beautiful.

I read John 1 the day after Five Minute Friday. God’s timing is perfect. With all the transitions currently going on in my family, I don’t want to forget the significance and the beauty of after. That’s where Hope waits to rejoice with us!

Linking up with Lisa-Jo on Saturday…for Five Minute Friday.

8 thoughts on “The Hope of After

  1. Sarah

    “Countless episodes of the Lord taking the world’s idea of “great” and flipping it upside down!” Amen! I’m amazed over and over how He takes my idea of ‘great’ and flips it. Then, if I trust Him enough, He makes the flipped image exactly what I was so hoping for! So glad I stopped in from Five Minute Friday! Blessings.
    ~Sarah

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  2. Tracy

    Love this Eileen! Thank you for encouraging my heart- looking forward to more “afters” that are coming!:) Such a the one mentioned in 1Peter 5:10 (after you have suffered awhile…)

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    1. Eileen Post author

      So glad it encouraged you, Mike. And, thank you so much for the prayers! You continue to be in mine as well.

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