A Drop in the Bucket

This last week, as I’ve talked with people in our community, I’ve heard a phrase repeated again and again:

“This is just a drop in the bucket.”

What we have endured in Edna, Texas because of Hurricane Harvey has been difficult and frustrating. Our yards are a mess. Our roofs have leaked. Trees and limbs have wreaked havoc. Even now some of our neighbors don’t have electricity.

And don’t even get me started about the mosquitoes.

But what we are going through is just a drop in the bucket compared to what Houston, Rockport and other places are suffering. They have it much worse.

When we suffer pain and loss, it helps to keep things in perspective. It’s good for us to remember those who have it worse than us. Comparatively speaking, our pains and problems are often just a drop in the bucket compared to what others are going through.

A pastor this last week told me that even the flooding in Houston is just a drop in the bucket compared to another flood. That flood occurred thousands of years ago. The whole world was destroyed. Only eight people on the planet survived.

Compared to the biblical flood, Houston is just a drop in the bucket.

Such perspective can be helpful when we are facing the storms of life, but that’s not the perspective God gives us in his Word. To help us keep a proper perspective, God doesn’t point us to those who have it worse than us.

He points us to heaven.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Because Jesus lived and died as our Savior – because God forgives all the junk and garbage of our lives – we have a home waiting for us in the glory of heaven.

When we get to heaven, even the worst pains and problems of this world will seem like an insignificant mosquito bite.

Right now it hurts. Right now it’s hard. But when we get to heaven the joy will overshadow the sorrow.

Paul compares our struggles to pregnancy. For nine months the mother-to-be suffers nausea, discomfort and sleeplessness. The labor is painful and traumatic. But when the nurse lays her baby on her chest, all of that becomes a distant memory.

She is left with pure joy.

Keep that perspective. Yes, it is helpful to remember that no matter how bad your situation, there are others who have it worse. Even more important is to remember that no matter how bad it gets here on earth, the happiness and joy of heaven will overshadow it all.

This is just a drop in the bucket.


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