Images . . . my mother and I sitting at my father’s feet, where Daddy reposed in his favorite chair. Our hands entwined as my dad assured us that when he left this world, God would take care of us. He was in his nineties, my mom in her eighties. I knew it was likely that they would go to heaven before me, but I couldn’t imagine a world without them. Now they are in heaven, waiting for me. And I am still in this world.
. . . as a little girl, falling asleep in the car returning home late at night with my mother and father. Instead of waking me, my daddy gently picked me up and carried me in his strong arms into the house. I’d wake up in the morning in my own bed. Sometimes when I was still awake, yet very tired, I’d pretend to be asleep so Daddy would carry me in. I’ve heard–somewhere–a similar comparison used to explain the death of believers in Jesus. One day I’ll close my eyes and when I open them I’ll see Jesus’ face. And the faces of my mother and father and other loved ones who have gone on ahead. And then I’ll get hugs–wow! A hug from Jesus is what I’m craving! And the new home that God is making ready for me will be more fantastic than anything I could have envisioned during my stay here on earth!
. . . tucking my four-year-old daughter into bed, wondering how to respond to her question, “Mommy, can I bring my teddy bear with me to heaven?” But before I could answer, she added thoughtfully, ” . . . that is, if I don’t drop him.” When we get to heaven, the “teddy bears” we cling to so earnestly in this world will seem as dust compared to the glory of our new, eternal home. My husband just pointed out to me that a diamond is not even included in the list of precious stones that make up the foundation of the heavenly city. A gem we value so highly here on earth may not even be regarded as valuable in heaven!
5th Key to Spiritual Sanity: “The Key to Hope is Home.”
Yes, one day, I will move on! At present, I want to stay here in my earthly home so I can be available to support and encourage my husband, children and grandchildren. To be used wherever God sees fit. But my move is a definite reality. I look forward to it . . . prepare for it . . . and cling to the Hope it gives me. One day I will go Home.
Where do you live? If you are a believer in Christ, your spirit now resides with me . . . in the heavenly places. “our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places with Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 In the words of an old hymm: “This world is not my home, I’m only passing through.” My citizenship is already guaranteed in heaven. “For our citizenship is in heaven . . . ” Philippians 3:20 And my reservation is — Paid in Full by Jesus Christ.
This is our Hope . . . the certainty of Jesus’ return to take us to the special Home in Heaven that He is preparing for us (John 14:2-3). No matter what we face in this world, no matter the means of our death, no matter the sorrow of grief, we can look forward to the Reality of our heavenly Hope where “He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes . . . there shall no longer be any mourning or crying or pain . . . ” Revelation 21:4 No more bad days or good days. Every minute of every “normal day” in Eternity will be filled with Joy!
“ . . . Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20b
As 2014 begins, I urge you—challenge you—to read the Bible (God’s personal Love Letter to YOU) every single day. Remember Job? The godly man who lost everything precious to him and stayed faithful to God? Job said, ” . . . I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12 I have decided that the daily reading of God’s Word is not an option for me. It is necessary for the health of my soul . . . just as food is necessary for my body. It is not important to follow a reading schedule that others–even me :)—are using; it is important to feed your mind daily with the scriptures, however God leads you personally.
Father God, all I can say today is “Thank You.” And even those words fail miserably to express my feelings of gratitude for Your amazing sacrificial love for this one soul You created. I long to be Home with You. May all who read this blog find their Hope and Peace in You and join us there.
I promised you a special writing this week, but I am going to “pull an Esther.” I couldn’t bring myself to close out our Blogging Through The Bible in 2013 without the above comments, so I will entice you (hopefully!) with one more weekly blog, to appear next Wednesday, entitled “My Journey Home.” This story was given to me the year before my parents’ deaths and is written in the form of an allegory that fits in perfectly with the theme of my blog, “The Land of Abundant Life.” So please check in again next week for the conclusion of this series.
In 2014, I expect to blog about once a month to have more time to give to editing my second novel, “Primrose Papers,” which I am very excited about! So—I’ll be in touch—have a Happy New Year!!!
copyright 2013, Linda Ruth Stai, author and inspirational speaker. All rights reserved.
SCRIPTURE READING FOR PAST WEEK: Hebrews 10:19-13:25, 1,2,&3 John, Revelation
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