The congregation quieted themselves as the band gently played. He prayed a simple prayer, an honest prayer and one I had heard before: “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” I know what he meant and I do get it. I also know there will be a time that this too will be my sincere prayer. BUT . . .
It sometimes bothers me (I know it shouldn’t, yet it does) when I hear so many sing “can’t feel at home in this world any more.” It’s sad to me. If I knew their story, I would probably understand. However, I’m thinking . . . if you truly get the Gospel and understand that eternal life begins now and that Jesus promised us a life “abundant” and “beyond that which we could ask or think” than are we missing something if we are ready to go? And what about all of those who are suffering, lost, broken, hungry, and in need? Have we done all we can to rescue them and bring them to restoration? Are we truly that selfish that a home away from here resonates with us more than making a difference on earth, loving an orphan, embracing the elderly, or listening to the lonesome?
Again, it’s probably just me BUT, I’m not ready to go. I’m loving life (even in the waiting) and I still want to make an impact! Yes, this world is not our home BUT we were left HERE to proclaim the good news and live a life of sacrificial love. Maybe we need to quit praying and wishing for a better tomorrow and move to make a better today.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith.” Philippians 1:21-25
*photos taken tonight looking UP from the back porch