I am on a plane right now…at the beginning of our journey to bring our adopted son home from Haiti. And I cannot even begin to explain to you the ball of emotions I am feeling. There is piece of me that is excited..no thrilled..no exuberant beyond belief.
I cannot even find the words to explain the joy. It is hard to believe that the end of this nearly 2 ½ jaunt is coming near.
There’s a piece of me that stands in disbelief. Pinch me. Is this for real? It seems like forever I have been holding back the emotions. Not allowing myself to truly feel. Putting up a wall, so to speak, so that I can keep on walking & talking in stride. Because quite frankly, the wait has been long and hard. It has been a roller coaster ride, hanging on by my fingernails for dear life.
Another piece of me is nervous. I have no clue what lies ahead. Why, I can’t see around the next bend. Will my son recognize me from my last visit? How will the family bonding go? Will he be ready to leave the place he has called home?
But right now, I am ready. I am ready for my son to be home. I am ready for him to move from orphan to son. Oh, I am anxiously awaiting to tuck him into bed. To read him a bedtime story. To try my best to sing him a lullaby. To hear him take his next breath while lying on my chest.
I cannot help but think how Jesus, too, cannot wait for us to be near. How He has gone ahead to prepare a place for us. When it is ready, we are told He will come again for us. Oh, how He longs to hold you dear.
Cherish this thought. Jesus is coming back. He will return for us. And yes, the wait seems long at times. There are days where it seems unfathomable. Is heaven for real? Will Jesus truly return? Why is He waiting so long?
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9
The time has not yet come because God is patiently waiting. And so in the meantime, we must also wait. Let’s get ourselves ready for His return. We should not just be sitting around letting time tick by. Let’s allow our time here on earth to be fruitful.