Saturday, October 16, 2010

At Vacation's End

Today is the last day of my vacation and the last of my short vacation postings.   The ends of vacations are always a bittersweet time.  On one hand, after a certain amount of time you are ready to be in your own home again.   On the other hand, months and months of planning have turned into a blur of a week and we wonder what the next thing to look forward to is.  In the past, I overcame post-vacation blues by planning my next trip.  As a married man now, I have new goals and priorities and I look forward to what God may have for us next.  Of course, many of us do not look forward to going back to work once our vacation is done, and I am no different. 

It is times like these where I like to think on the fact that someday we will have a permanent vacation.  Sometimes it will not be a week or weekend away at the beach, but an eternity away with our Lord.  Someday it won't be a tour of some famous city, but receiving our mansion in the New Jerusalem.  We have so much to look forward to, but first we have to finish that work down here on Earth that God has for us. 

On the other hand, our time on Earth is our time away from home.  For us this is the trip and much like on a vacation when you have had all you can have and crave the warm comforts of home, we crave the eternal rest in the home that God has prepared for us. 

So as I get packed and set to head to my earthly home, I am thinking about my ultimately homecoming to be with the Lord.  Please join me in thinking of our inheritance.  Please join me in thinking of our reward.  Please join me in thinking about coming into our salvation and beginning our eternity in Paradise.
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:3-7 NKJV

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