I’ve made so many trips in my lifetime that I couldn’t begin to count them all. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Colorado (our favorite place on earth). I really enjoy packing and planning for each trip, and coming home is always nice. But I don’t like the unpacking part of the process. All that dirty laundry and weariness to deal with is not so much fun.
One of these days I will make my final trip. It could happen one of two ways. Either I die physically and my spirit is whisked away to heaven, or Jesus comes in the clouds to take His body (including me) home to be with Him. As I was taking a walk one day, I saw a huge cloud in the blue sky and realized that “this could be the day,” so to speak. Jesus could emerge from that cloud and rescue us from this messed up earth we inhabit. Either way, I won’t have to deal with dirty laundry or tired bones. I’ll leave it all behind forever.
How does that strike you? Are you excited for that last adventurous trip? Are you ready? You can’t really pack your bags and take anything with you. But you can prepare your heart and soul. Not that we can do anything to earn that ticket to glory, but we can accept God’s free gift and live our lives serving Him in gratitude for His provision.
Here are a couple of quotes from the apostle Paul. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, NKJV). “When the kindness of God our Saviour and his love towards man appeared, he saved us—not by virtue of any moral achievements of ours, but by the cleansing power of a new birth and the moral renewal of the Holy Spirit, which he gave us so generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour. The result is that we are acquitted by his grace, and can look forward to inheriting life for evermore” (Titus 3:5-7, J. B. Phillips).
When Jesus was nearing His time on earth He said to His disciples, “It is true that I am going away to prepare a place for you, but it is just as true that I am coming again to welcome you into my own home, so that you may be where I am” (John 14:3, JBP).
It’s always exciting to see loved ones at our destinations. How much more to see Jesus! Oh, I’m so ready for that final trip and final destination. How about you?
(Attach link to “I’m Ready for Your Comin’, Lord” from “Keep Walkin’ “, cut 10)
“I’m Ready for Your Comin’, Lord” from “Keep Walkin’ ”