1 Peter 1:3-6 (NIV)
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
For the past several weeks, my wife and I have been looking at the possibility of taking along needed vacation from our busy lives. We have looked online at all sorts of vacation homes and places to go.
About a week ago, we finally settled on a spot and reserved a mountainside townhome in the Colorado Rockies. I have been to Colorado three times before on sky trips back in the early 1990s. I know the beauty that awaits my family when we get to our destination. The time cannot come soon enough.
I find myself often going online to look again at the views we will enjoy form our townhome on the side of the Rocky Mountains.
When I find myself being unsettled by all the chaos that is going on in our day I stop and think of our upcoming vacation and find some respite. This is as it should be. This is just a foretaste of what our eternal home should do for us these days.
When the days grow longer and it seems impossible to stake one more step we need to turn our heart toward heaven and meditate on what will be our joy when we finally arrive at our eternal home.
Is your day hard and the path steep? Are you tempted to quit before the finish? Take a glance at where you are headed and you will find your step a little lighter and your path a little brighter.
Peter said it better than I can. This vision of heaven causes us to rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
Think of heaven more today than you did yesterday because it will be your home sooner than you think.
Someone said they thought they were already in heaven because they had spent the day with Jesus here. Guess someone else got it right too.
Here’s to happy thoughts of our eternal home.