Monday, August 27, 2012

Home at Last


Abbey is not a great traveler. Never has been. She was one of those babies who, instead of calming down when placed in the car seat, would scream like a banshee until we reached our destination. We avoided long trips with her like the plague.

 As she got older, the crying was replaced with whining and complaining.

"My tummy hurts.


I'm cold. 

My seatbelt's too tight.

Oooohhh, how much longer?" 



Now nine years old, she is getting a little better at enjoying the journey. One reason: she is learning the special trick we all eventually learn: taking a nap makes the trip go by a lot faster. On our last road trip, she observed, "You know, when I fall asleep in my car seat, I don't wake up when we're at red lights or stop signs. I don't wake up until we're permanently home." 


That made me smile and it made me realize something: 

Most days I feel as if I am not a very good "life" traveler.  

I am tired; I am hurting; I never get my to-do list completed.  Good grief.  Some days I look forward to bedtime from the time I get out of bed. And I am not alone. I know many of you feel the same way because our lives are so overwhelmingly busy. While I am happy and settled and blessed in my life and I don't want go Home yet, I am really looking forward to the day when I get to praise God 24 hours a day.

We Christians know that this life is temporary.


We know we are looking through a glass darkly.


We know that our bodies won't last forever and that one day we will see our Lord in completeness, face to face.


We know that beautiful, no-more-sand-in-our-eyes clarity will one day be ours.


We know that life, like a nap, doesn't last long.


And when we are all  'permanently' home, we will wake up like
never before. Oh, glorious day! 

 

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12


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