The Anticipation of the Destination

We’ve all heard this on family vacations. Mom, Dad and the kids pile in the car before the sun comes up. They’ll get down the road a bit, maybe even after breakfast before it’s heard for the first time, this time. A little person in the back seat will ask, “Are we there yet?” How many dads have wanted to answer, “Yes, we are there and now I’m just driving for my health,”? When I was a kid I had a follow-up question when my Dad said, “No.” I would then ask, “Is it as far as it used to be?” Good thing he couldn’t reach me without wrecking the car.

         Scott LaMascus, in a 2002 issue of The Christian Chronicle wrote, “The days since 9/11 may be the first time in my life I honestly have been able to pray, Lord come quickly. Maybe I should be ashamed to admit that. Until now I have muttered mundane prayers.” Can you identify with that? Isn’t it true that often as Christians we lose the anticipation of the destination? Not only would we not ask the Father, “Are we there, yet?” we’re in no hurry to get there either. It’s like the story of the Christian man on a full airplane who, when driven by evangelistic fervor, stood up and shouted, “Who wants to go to heaven?!” One startled woman asked, “Now?”

         Wouldn’t the tragedies of this life and even the disappointments be less likely to rock our world if the anticipation of the destination—heaven—was primary in our hearts and minds? In fact couldn’t we even enjoy the journey more, knowing we’re going home to be with our Father? Maybe many of the things that seem like major obstacles would be just a speed bump in the road or a detour that exposes us to a blessing we might not otherwise have seen.

         Someone has said, “Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people.” The only one who can prepare us is Jesus. He has a beautiful home up ahead. We’re not there yet. But it’s not as far as it used to be.

 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3).

 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

 Brad Fry

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