Almost daily Jerry and I have conversations about our upcoming move to Florida. Last week one of those talks was followed with a devotion about Heaven. Jerry made the comment that it would be ok with him if God moved us on to Heaven before we got to Florida. Smiling I said, if He is going to do that I hope it is soon before I sort through and organize any more boxes.
Packing and sorting, or more to the point, discovering memories, sorting, recycling, trashing, or repacking seems to be my constant activity these days. While we don’t know the when of our move, we know the where (Lakeland, FL) and the why (just look at the weather in Philadelphia and Lakeland, among many other reasons). I don’t want to be caught short when “the when” comes, so I am trying to stay ahead of the move details doing a little each day.
Like Jerry, I would take Heaven in a heartbeat over Florida or any place else. Like our upcoming move, I know the where (with Jesus) and the why (because I accepted His gift of love and grace to forgive my sins) of Heaven but I don’t know “the when.” Most of us don’t. Each week, sometimes more often than others, I hear of people, from little ones to seniors, who enter eternity on a different time table than they or their loved ones thought they might.
I don’t know if I will be one of those who will still be alive to meet Jesus in the air when He comes again or if He will call me home sooner. The chat Jerry and I had reminded me that I don’t want to get caught short when “the when” to eternity arrives for me.
He’s right that I don’t have to pack and sort any belongings for that move, but I still have a lot of preparation to do. Sorting out the areas of my life that don’t reflect Jesus and parting with them forever. Packing my days with the joy of serving others, of building my relationship through Scripture and prayer with my Heavenly Daddy, and learning to know His voice better. I can even make heavenly deposits by sharing my hope and inviting those I meet to join me in the ultimate move one day.
What about you? If you wonder how I can be so sure of my final move please ask. . .
Today, what are you doing to prepare your life and loved ones for the move to eternity? I’d love to hear from you.