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I Wanna Go There!

In about 1997 I was at a crossroads in my life. After the demise of a disastrous marriage, I felt I was at a turning point. Was this really my second opportunity to fulfill a lifelong calling? Plus, I can tell you with a complete surety that when God places a call on your life it never diminishes or evaporates away, not with time, not with distance, not even if left unmet due to our own choices. It is a constant pull, year in and year out, in just one specific direction.

Past mid-life, I made the decision to step into my God-ordained destiny at last…and I told everyone! Most who knew me well were not surprised but some thought I was a little bit out of my mind to travel to southern Africa alone especially at my age. I guess they felt this was something only a young person does. They just didn’t get it. And to my surprise, my mom tried to dissuade me probably afraid for my safety. Yet with total confidence and support from my two grown sons, they truly gave me my wings, I forged ahead undaunted with glorious anticipation! While it was a time of intense readiness and preparation, it was also a time of overflowing gratitude, of wonder and of sublime expectation!

Even before the plane landed in Zimbabwe, I knew I was finally in my heart home. As we skimmed the trees to reach the runway, I almost burst with emotion, my eyes overflowing with tears from my thankful soul. I praised the Lord for relentlessly chasing me down and allowing me this opportunity. Being there in southern Africa far far exceeded anything I had ever dreamed! I could never have imagined the things I saw nor where this path would lead. It absolutely changed my life in every way!

This is my favourite topic and I still share it freely with anyone who asks. But now I prepare for the ULTIMATE trip, my final destination, the one which I know will far far supersede my lengthy sojourn into Africa. This will be my last trip but undoubtedly absolutely supreme in every way! With way over half of my life behind me, I look ahead to my heavenly home with awe and wonder. I’m closer than ever! I think about what unimagined joys await me there. I mean I do expect to see loved ones who have gone ahead but I will see Jesus face to face! I have this notion that when I simply look upon his countenance I will have every question I have ever asked answered instantly! All the explanations will be right there in his eyes. And the answers will always be Love! I am certain of this.

The glorys (spellcheck is saying there is no such word –but see, we will even need new descriptive expressions!) he has waiting for me will knock me off my feet, gob smacked and stunned! And this ol’ house will be made new! As Jesus followers, why don’t we talk about this so much more. “Oh Death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 And as seniors, we must realize that we are so much closer to our heavenly home than we were even just a year ago. Think about that.

“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Christ “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:21

Yes, Christ himself will make these new ETERNAL bodies for us!

2 Corinthians 5:1-10.

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth”… heaven is his dwelling place and our forever home which he had always planned to share with us. Genesis 1

Oh there is so so much to anticipate-the Throne, the River, the Tree of Life, the reward, the peace, the joy… dwelling with God forever and ever! How can we even begin to comprehend that!

I read that there will be streets of gold but the attraction for me will be the music. I long to hear the angelic version of Total Praise, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Handel’s Messiah. I‘m certain that even the hauntingly moving pieces of Itzhak Pearlman will be far surpassed. “Blessed Assurance” will pour forth as I wait to join in with “The Old Church Basement” ensemble. Since I have never yet been part of a flash mob but always wanted to be, I’m gonna sing my heart out in praise and worship there in heaven! My kids have clear instructions to look for me in the choir section. Just follow the music…

Read Revelation 21:1-5 and cherish the profound anticipation…

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ “

Here is an amazing and most encouraging truth especially for those of you who are presently suffering. Pain and sorrow and tears will not exist in our heavenly home. It was totally eliminated and eradicated on a hill called Golgotha!

“This world is not my home. I’m just a passing through

My treasure is laid up somewhere beyond the blue

The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door,

And I can’t feel at home in the world anymore!”

It’s time to prepare for the homecoming celebration!

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