My 3.5 hour drive home came as quickly as I knew it would.
It had been a fantastic weekend – one spent enjoying the company of some of my very favorite people. We had shared so many beautiful moments together, laughter and memories that were sure to last a lifetime. And then there I was, driving further and further away from them, unsure of when we would see each other next.
We all know how quickly life can drastically change. It doesn’t take much time for you to find yourself in a situation you never expected! That was the thought that suddenly crept into my mind as I drove.
What if this was the last time I saw them? What if we never get the opportunity to do something like this again? What if something terrible happens to them and I can’t be there to help control it? What if? What if?
And then, I remembered:
I have h o p e .
It’s true, that word gets thrown around pretty often, but I never truly understood it until that moment. I have hope. I’ve entrusted these people I love and care about so much into the hands of my Father, and I have hope that He will do what is best for each of them.
“Realize that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus” | Rick Warren
Sometimes I forget that the joys we experience in this life are temporary – I’m sure you do too. How many years of our lives go into making sure that we are doing everything we can to ensure a better future for ourselves, our family and our future generation? I’ll give you a hint – many!
But the truth of the matter is that real joy will only be experienced once we are in Heaven with Jesus. In fact, the feelings of happiness that we find here on earth are not even comparable to what we will feel when we are with Him! Because we have hope, we don’t need to worry about things that are out of our control – we’re trusting Someone who is big enough to take care of all those things (and people) without our help!
With this hope in mind, our thoughts should be set on things above, not below.
Here are a few questions to consider:
- What am I doing right now to prepare myself for eternity?
- How can I still motivate myself with the mundane aspects of life as I also focus on eternity?
- In light of the fact that we were made to last forever, what is one thing I should stop doing AND one thing I should start doing today?
But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. | Psalm 39:7