Life is a journey. If we are children of God, the journey is leading us homeward. Who doesn’t like going home? Well, maybe there are a few who have terrible recollections of an abusive environment, so home is not a happy memory. But most of us can remember pleasant things from our childhood that make us nostalgic about home.
How can we look forward to a home we’ve never seen, though? A home where we’ve never been? When my sister died, I started looking forward to going to heaven to be with her again. Then I was convicted about not having that desire simply because Jesus was there waiting for me.
Remember Jesus’ words to His disciples? “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3-4). With that in mind, our journey, no matter how difficult, is exciting because of its destination.
Using Peter’s words, we can say, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you”(1 Peter 1:3-4).
And Paul reminded us that “our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). Are you waiting for Him with patience? With joy? With strength in your soul from the promises of God? Then the journey need not be tedious. The Lord Himself leads us by the hand and provides all that we need for the journey. Will I see you at home?
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand” from “A Grandmother’s Legacy”