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When the fever breaks
Jan Gompper
by Jan Gompper
March 20, 2024

Having the flu is no fun, especially when it’s accompanied by aches, fever, and chills that make you toss and turn all night, shivering beneath a pile of blankets that offer no respite. But what a relief when the fever breaks and your clammy body necessitates that you toss aside the quilted layers. You know then that the worst of the bug is behind you.

Sometimes life can feel like a prolonged flu bug, filled with physical, emotional, and spiritual chills and aches. Perhaps the death of a loved one or a divorce has filled you with the deep chill of loneliness. Maybe you have a terminal illness or are experiencing the ache of watching someone you love suffer. Or you toss and turn all night, worrying about your wayward child or how you’re going to pay next month’s rent.

Do you feel like your fever of earthly ills may never break? You’re not alone. “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Romans 8:22). But we have a promise that “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10).

Whatever present or future ills we Christ followers experience in this life, we can rest assured that one day the fever will break. We will shed our earthly coverings and arise, more than merely relieved. We will dance for joy!