It Wasn’t Supposed to be This Way…


It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

I sit in a hospital room, surrounded by beeping and whirring machines. Otherwise, it’s silent.


It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

A beloved family member sleeps fitfully in the bed in front of me. The surgery went well. Anesthesia effective. Thank God for good doctors. Now begins the rocky road to recovery.

As I stare at her, something deep within me revolts against what I see. In this room, all over this hospital, are people who bear God’s image – each with a story to tell. They have hopes, plans and dreams. They are loved, and they love in return. They want to be healthy, happy, free. They want to be anywhere but here.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Sickness. Pain. Aging. Loss. Broken bodies. Broken hearts. Broken lives. It’s all so…wrong

We were made for more than this..

My mind wanders back to a Garden, the first and only perfect Garden. Teaming with life, bursting with beauty, this Garden showcased the handiwork of the Master Creator. He spoke everything into existence and pronounced it good – everything, that is, until He was ready for His magnum opus. For this, He would use extra special care. He would craft man and woman as the pinnacle of His creation. Now, He says, everything is very good.


Teaming with life and bursting with beauty

Beauty. Fruitfulness. Each day an extension of yesterday’s friendship with God. No knowledge of pain. No conflict between man and wife, humankind and God. Trust and peace. Wholeness and well-being. Unhampered joy. Unhindered life.

This, this is what we were made for. This was God’s design.

Not what I see in this hospital room.

Not what we see all around us today.

Not life as we know it in this sin-ravaged world.

When mistrust of God and self-exaltation came on the scene, everything changed. Absolutely everything. (See Gen 3.)

Creation itself groans under its “bondage to decay” (Rom 8:21). Thorns and thistles. Death and desolation. Predators and Prey. Famine, drought, natural disasters. And we, the masterpieces of His Creation, we cannot escape this broken existence either. No matter our position or status or story, we all know the pain of living here.

But it will not always be so.

Because a Deliverer came to our rescue.

The Creator became as the created.

The One who holds our universe together stepped into our brokenness and lived among us.

He knew our pain. He faced our battles. He bore our shame.

He chose the cross and took our sin – the very cause of all this heartbreak in the first place.

The Holy One waged war on sin and death. And He won.

The victory has been decided. Jesus is the Champion. And soon, we will know the full reality of all He accomplished that day at Calvary.

Someday God will restore His creation. He will deliver us from this fallen world. He will usher in a new heaven and a new earth where we, His own, will be with Him forever. In our new home, there will be no more death or pain or sickness or tears. He will make everything new.

And so, as I sit here in this hospital room, I take comfort. As I read the news and feel the heartbreak of each new tragedy, I find hope. This fleeting existence is not all there is. Someday, everything will be made right.

Our Deliver is coming. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!


Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

How do you comfort your heart in times of suffering and pain? I’d love to hear!

(If you want to know more about a relationship with this Deliverer, please check out In Case You’re Wondering.)

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  1. beckielindsey

    The only true comfort I’ve experienced during grief, loss and other hard times in when I “lift my eyes to the hills, where my help comes from. My help comes from the Lord.” (Psalm 121:1-2) Yes, it’s His Word—full of hope and promises for now and eternity, His precious Spirit,and His people that bring me comfort.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Praying for you.

    • DazzledByTheSon

      I love that verse, too. Thank you so much, Beckie!

  2. Jennifer J Rice

    I agree with Beckie, plus crying out to the Lord in prayer for my own situation, but also remembering others in their pain. Praying for others seems to take a lot of the weight out of my own pain. Music is also a huge comfort. Singing praises to the Lord and keeping my focus on Him lifts my spirits tremendously. Thank you for the reminder that we were made for more than this and that our Deliver is coming!


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