For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:17
I was in medical school at Loma Linda University when my sister and her family came to visit me during the summer for a week. During that time we went to the usual sites in the area including the mountains and the beach. On one particularly hot day we made the mistake of hiking at Joshua Tree National Monument, which is located in the high desert close to Palm Springs. We shortened our hike to get back to the car where we had left our water. And that’s when I realized I had only brought enough water for one or two people in conditions like this. We were all so thirsty that we had to abandon our plans and drive to civilization where we could find water. It was a painful experience.
Imagine if I had hired a guide to take us through Joshua Tree that day. She would have brought plenty of water for everyone because she would have been familiar with the trails, the weather, and all of our needs to have a pleasant experience. John paints such a picture of Jesus in Revelation. He came to this earth as a lamb the same as you and me. He experienced the trials and temptations that are present on every hike we take. And He knows exactly what we need. Because He came as a lamb and died for us on the trail of life, He became our Shepherd. He knows the trails, He knows the conditions, and he knows us. And He brings with Him all the life-preserrving water that we need to not only survive, but to thrive every hike we take with Him.
But there’s more. God the Father is with us too! He is watching over us. When we hike with His Son, He wipes away our tears. We usually see this as a promise in the future when Jesus comes to take us to our heavenly home. But I have found that He wipes tears away today as well. He wipes away the tears created from our fears, our self-doubt, and the pain from such things as feeling like we are unloveable. Whatever your struggle that is causing the deepest pain, your heavenly Father is there to wipe away those tears and fill you with His love. He knows exactly what you need as your Shepherd empathizes as one who has experienced exactly what you are going through.
Why not allow Him to wipe away your tears today as you accept the Kingdom of God into your heart? When Jesus is your Shepherd, your Guide, you have an endless supply of water that will transform your life and wipe away your tears.
The choice is ours. We can walk through life on our own or allow Jesus to be our Guide.