Epilogue: A Soft Smile

Beloved, fear not, for I have redeemed you, and I will clasp you gently against My breast; I will shelter and warm you under My wings,1 even as a hen gathers her chicks. Your tears, and your toils: one day they shall vanish. Your pains, and your sorrows: they shall be chased away by My very smile. As others abused you, and mistreated you, I will make all troubles pass forever away. One day, the things of this world will pass, and will not be remembered at all for the goodness that I am bringing.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” —Revelation 21:4

Behold, you are My everlasting child! I am returning in power and might; from the clouds will I come with glory and majesty.2 The light of My glory is coming, and all eyes shall see it.3 The darkness of this world shall be swallowed up in My eternal light. I Myself shall give the light: no sun, nor moon, nor star has ever shined quite as brightly as I will shine at that day.

My light shall be round about you—in, through, and under all things—in the very midst of you. In My kingdom, there will be no hidden darkness, and there will be no shadow, for I will be the very light in the midst of it. I will be under the rock, and in the cave, and lo, even beneath your eyelids. My light shall burn in its perfect brilliance, and all the darknesses of this world shall be consumed from out of their places.

“The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” —Isaiah 60:19–20

Beloved, be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world!4 Be not discouraged by your present sufferings: when you taste of My eternal rewards, your soul shall instantly remit your toils, and your heart shall laugh with everlasting joy. This I say to you: be not discouraged, for the glory that shall be revealed in you far outweighs your present struggles.5 I do say again: the worker is worthy of his reward.6

Think it not strange that such trials have befallen you, for I do in this present world teach My light against a backdrop of darkness.7 My training-ground is as a blackboard, and I have covered My creation with darkness. With the brightness of My light, as white chalk seen on a dark blackboard, I do show forth My glory and power. I have woven blackness into the tapestry of your life that the splendor of My colors may be all the more vibrant. What is darkness to the light? And what is the low valley to the high peak? On the sierra, the depths of the ravines only magnify the heights of the mountaintops.

My child, think not that your life is as this darkness, for I am teaching you of My goodness through the blackness of night. I am teaching you of My fullness by the cold, voided emptiness of space. My light shines in the darkness, and gives warmth and joy to all those that are lighted by it.

“I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sack­cloth their covering.” —Isaiah 50:3

Beloved, think not that your life is as this darkness, for I am coming, and such things will be stripped away. Think not that if heaven and earth and all of creation were passed away, that you would be left in darkness. Darkness is not the foundation: I will peel back My heavenly blanket, and the darkness thereof shall be no more.8 Think not that darkness is the foundation. I am the Foundation. I am light. Under all things, beneath all things, before all things, lo, I am He.9

Just under your blackened sky is the radiant, boundless glory of My heavenly light. Just behind that dark curtain is the majesty of My heavenly throne. Just under that thin veneer of sackcloth is My soft, gentle smile. I am nearer than you think, and I am watching. I have not once taken My eyes from off of you. My beloved, be not discouraged by this world’s present darkness, for I am coming, and the heavens shall be stripped back, and it will give way to My everlasting kingdom.

Fear not, I have sought you, and I have bought you, and before the foundation of the world was laid, I have known you.10 I have loved you. I have waited for you. I know the end from the beginning, and from ancient times I speak of things not yet come,11 and this I do now say: you are Mine. I will take you by the hand, and bring you safely home.12

Fear not child, your sorrows shall one day pass, injustices inflicted upon you shall one day be healed up and forgotten, and your lonesome and bitter tears shall be wiped forever away. You will see Me as I am,13 and I will comfort you with an everlasting comfort that shall never pass away. From foundation to foundation I have known you, and unto all eternity I will love you. When you see My goodness, and enter My kingdom, all will be clear: confusion shall be wiped from your face, and distress shall be lifted from your heart. You will know that your life has been worth the living, and your struggles have been worth the reward.

Fear not, My child, for you are Mine.14 I will take you by the hand, and bring you safely home.

Delve Deeper:

  1. Psalm 91:1-7
  2. Matthew 24:30-31
  3. Revelation 1:7
  4. John 16:33
  5. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
  6. 1 Timothy 5:18
  7. 1 Peter 4:12-13
  8. Psalm 102:25-27
  9. Psalm 90:2
  10. Ephesians 1:3-6
  11. Isaiah 46:9-10
  12. Isaiah 41:13
  13. 1 John 3:2
  14. Isaiah 43:1
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