The other day I need to heat up some water for cooking. I filled up a sauce pan, placed it on the back burner and set the temperature dial to high. Since it would take a few minutes to boil I decided to walk to our community mailbox and pickup that day’s delivery. While outside a neighbor called from her patio and suggested I come over for a glass of iced tea.
We spent the afternoon enjoying each other’s company while solving most of the world’s problems.
When I returned to my kitchen hours later I was greeted by a waterless red hot pan. How unbelievably forgetful! Or remind me to tell you about the time I recently stepped into the shower with my socks on or the day last week when I drove to a church meeting on the wrong day. And don’t forget to ask why I mailed a close and dear friend her birthday card a month early. I’m beginning to think it’s time to find a volunteer to take me to the “home.”
Read this portion of Peter’s second letter to the Christians describing another home,
“…as you look forward to the day of and speed its coming.
That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire,
and the elements will melt in the heat.
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a
new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”
2 Peter 3:12-13
He goes on to write,
“So then, dear friends,
since you are looking forward to this,
make every effort to be found
spotless. blameless and at peace with him.”
2 Peter 3:14
A good lesson to live by. It is in preparation for the final moment when we retire from this earthly home to the one designed by the Father for the faithful. And what a moment it will be. Can’t you just hear the music, feel the joy of those who went before and, at the same time, lifting your voice in praise to the One who made all this possible? What about watching the angels fly hither and yon delivering messages from the One we call Holy while glancing over our shoulder at the heavenly gate looking at those waiting for their invitation?
It will be a moment too exciting for words.
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