I like stability and security. God has been good to me and I have it. At least I think I do. However, something happened recently that shook my supposed “stable foundation”. I was afraid. Wouldn’t it be nice just to say, “I’m outta here!”
Sometimes it’s not just a personal frustration that tempts us to look for an escape, and sometimes it can be circumstances that affect us all. Anyone tired of the current news stories, the never-ending crisis that seem to shout at us every day? Give me a time machine and I’ll throw away my mask and head to the Thunderbird for a coke and peanuts (combined) or to the teen center for the Friday night dance. Hopefully I get my teenage body back as well during the trip!
But, if I have to live this life over again, maybe I just as well stay. There are some good times after all. Calls to and from family have increased. And even though outings are fewer, they’ve become all that more precious. More than that, we have hope. There’s another home waiting for us, one that fills our heart with joy just thinking about it. It’s a place without sickness (no coronavirus), without fighting or wars (no rioting), without natural or man-made disasters (no wildfires, floods, tornadoes, or hurricanes, and no threat of asteroids plopping down and causing all kinds of havoc and grief). There’s only joy, no tears, peace, no fighting, and love, no hate. And there’s no elections either. We have a permanent King, One who will heal us from all we’ve suffered and endured, and will love us with a love so great it is unimaginable. Yes, for all those who believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as LORD, someday soon, we will be outta here!
“My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer …. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” Psalm 45:1,6.