August 19, 2013
I didn’t breeze through school. Studying was hard for me, and exam time was terrifying. But, when I got my diploma, it looked just like the one that the valedictorian received. Perhaps his had a few more ribbons on it, but I graduated just the same.
Life is a glorious schoolroom to prepare us for graduation. It may be very tough, and we may fail some of the tests. But all the preparation is worth it to get the rewards at the end.
Fanny Crosby was a woman who was given a difficult course. She was blinded in infancy as the result of negligence on the part of the doctor. To compensate for the loss of her sight, she keenly developed other senses, and she became one of the greatest hymn writers ever. One of her most beautiful hymns, “I Shall See Him Face to Face,” might never have been written were it not for the fact that she had never looked upon green fields, an evening sunset, or her mother’s face. It was the loss of her vision that helped her gain her remarkable spiritual discernment.
The Living Bible says, “These troubles and suffering of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever!” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
I can still remember how long school seemed to be. Would summer vacation ever come? Would finals ever be over? Summer always came, and finals always ended. Life is just a schoolroom with a glorious opportunity to prepare us for eternity.
(Excerpt from Hope from the Troubled Heart by Billy Graham, 1991)
Are you prepared for eternity? Do you know someone who isn’t? That’s what My Hope America with Billy Graham is all about. Reaching out – in love – to our friends, family, neighbors and work or school companions who need to know Christ. If you have not yet signed up for this effort, it’s not too late. Do it today!