Thursday, February 21, 2008

Going Home

Today, there seems to be a theme going on in this house. I woke up with this thought, "The girls come home tonight!" While, we've really enjoyed our week without the little ones, this mommy is very ready to have everyone sleeping in their own beds and under one roof! I'm a little homesick to see them. I knew that I needed to keep myself busy this morning, or I was going to go crazy!!! So I cleaned. Trying to distract myself.

While I was dusting, I heard the introduction to a song. Within the first two measures, I was immediately transported back to junior high. I could see myself in front of my mirror, hairbrush in hand, (because I no longer had my Donny and Marie microphone. Mom had tossed that thing out years before) singing my heart out to Amy Grant's "In a Little While". Do you remember it? I would rewind that cassette tape over and over to sing that song. (After two or three times, I would switch out to my “Glory of Love” cassette single. This was usually after my check a box boyfriend and I had decided to go our separate ways. Good times I tell you. Good times.)

Today I sang along, but those words meant more. While I laughed out loud at the thought of my middle school sing-a-long, I got a little emotional thinking about what it will be like when we see Jesus. Not three songs later, was Chris Daughtry's "Home". I can't remember the exact title, but you know the one. I just LOVE that song. So cool that God continued the theme.

While I was waiting for the floors to dry, I sat down to read a few blogs. I clicked over to Angela . She has my all time favorite C.S. Lewis quote on her post today. Click on her name to see it. I LOVE this quote because it reminds me that while this life may be good, we will not really LIVE until we are with Jesus. We were made for another world.

Let me say this. The Word tells us that Jesus came so we could have an abundant life here and now. (There’s another song title, and that is one I’ve played at one too many weddings… sweet mercy I’m old!) Life with Him is a wild ride! I can't imagine it without Him. He makes life worth living, worth working for doesn't He?! And HE IS FUN!!!! BUT, as a believer, I find that I am longing and looking forward to the day that I look into His face. I guess it's kind of like being homesick...

There is a burning in the deepest part of my being that just will not be satisfied until I am with Him. I wonder if HE feels that way about you and me? I wonder if He looks over at God and says, “Dad, can I go pick them up yet?” I’m thinking yes! I’m thinking that He is ready for us to be with Him more than we can imagine.

Today, I made the girls favorite snacks and dessert to share tonight. I’m headed upstairs now to straighten their rooms and leave a little surprise on their pillows to welcome them home. I’ve done everything within my power to make their homecoming special. While I know they LOVED their time with Grams and Daddy Mack, I know that they are ready to be home. (And Grams and Daddy Mack are probably ready to bring them home!)

Jesus is already “Home”, working hard to get everything ready for your homecoming. Maybe He’s painting your room, or having heavenly chefs whip up your favorite dessert. You know what else, He knows just how you take your coffee or your tea. He does! That is how much He cares about you. He’s eagerly anticipating YOUR arrival.

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
John 14: 2-3

He really is coming, and I can not wait to see Him…..


Cheri said...

That verse is one of my favorites!
I love the thought of Him asking" Daddy, can I go pick them up yet?"
What an awesome thought-that He is anticipating our arrival.
God is patient though isn't He; not wanting even one to parish.
Thank you for the wonderful thoughts I have in my mind now.I will sleep well tonight!

Fran said...

Going home...coming home...

It's a concept and thought that becomes more meaningful with each day that we walk closer with Jesus.

I'm not afraid anymore. I'm at peace. He's anxiously awaiting my homecoming...just like you with your girls. I'm finally getting to a place of anxiously awaiting my part of it too.

No longer afraid. I love Him dearly. Thank you for bringing peace over me.


DeAnna said...

Oh, how I long for that day. Don't get me wrong, there are good times here with my loved ones, but I really long to be there. Georgia and I were just talking about Heaven today. She had so many questions about the houses and our new bodies. Apparently, there had been some discussions about it in her class at school. Thank God for Christian Education!!!!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Oh Girl. What a great post! I cannot wait to get home either. And that picture of Jesus is so precious to me. I know that He is the same way, can we go pick them up now. That is beautiful girl! Thanks for sharing your heart. It is such blessing to me.
Much love,

Mariel said...

Oh, I am in tears...thank you, Stephanie, for this beautiful reminder of our homegoings! Setting our minds on things above!

If we, being comparatively evil parents, miss our own children so much more does our Father miss and prepare for US?! You are so right!
Praising Him today!

Oh, King Jesus, come quickly!

Carol said...

Great thoughts! I love the idea of Jesus getting everything ready for us!

BethAnne said...

Girl, I am with you! I think about seeing Jesus all the time - I picture what it will be like - I even dream about it! I love those dreams. I know even my best thought or dream cant compare to what the real thing will be like. With the way things are going in the world today, I picture Jesus standing up from His seat beside the Father and taking that first step to come and welcome us home. It is my favorite daydream and the only daydream that will become a reality - and soon!

Heather said...

Heaven is going to be so wonderful...I can hardly wait to meet my Savior! And I cherish the thought of "heavenly chefs" whipping up my favorite dessert!!!

Hope you enjoy having your precious girls back at home!

Anonymous said...

this is just a journey to get home, I belong to heaven, that is my home and destination, and I can not wait to run in the door, and into HIS arms..I will probably be tattered til I get there, but I know its going to be worth it! Love Darla

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Jess said...

What a sweet correlation between your girls coming home and all of us really going HOME! What a sweet day that will be.