Sunday, June 7, 2009
Homesick For Heaven
Matthew 4:17 (KJV) 17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Recently I spent eight days away from my family. I was horribly homesick. I had forgotten to travel with my favorite pillow. I neglected to bring my favorite stuffed teddy bear. I didn’t even have my Superman pajamas. You can’t believe how huge the “S” is on my big belly!
Did I mention my glow in the dark turtle? Light emanates from its shell so that the moon and the stars dance upon the ceiling all night long. I never have to sleep in the dark! But alas, my turtle was nowhere to be found. I think my two year old Harrison hid it from me, so that I wouldn’t take it on my trip. After all, it does belong to him.
When I travel, I am often homesick for my home and family in North Carolina. However, I am always homesick for my home in Heaven. No tears, no sickness, no pain, no heart-ache. The scriptures assure us of a place where “the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
That’s what I’m talking about! HEAVEN – I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Somehow it just seems like it won’t be long until we’ll be going home to be with Jesus. One song writer described it this way:
What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand and leads me through the promise land
What a day, glorious day, that will be
When Jesus ministered to people He did not automatically transport them to Heaven. However, after their repentance, He routinely brought heaven to them. He healed the sick, He cast out devils, He gave joy for sorrow and peace to replace their pain.
I am looking forward to going to heaven. But I am grateful that Heaven is available to me today. Through repentance and a passion for His presence, I can have a little heaven right here on earth.
Psalms 16:11 (KJV) 11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Acts 3:19 (KJV) 19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;