Gayle and I just got back from going to see our son’s family in Chesapeake, VA. On our flight to Norfolk there were some on the plane who were going on to another destination. The pilot came over the public address system and said, if you are going on to Rochester, NY we will be leaving in 40 minutes. If Norfolk is your final destination, enjoy your stay. Coming back to Orlando, the flight also had some going on to Fort Lauderdale and the pilot said something similar. For those getting off he said, If you are here for vacation enjoy your time here, for those who call Florida home, welcome home.
It has dawned on me, “Welcome Home,” you have arrived at your destination is the number one battle I have faced all my life. You see, I have wanted once and for all to find a solution to whatever the struggle I am facing. I want to be fit and stay fit physically. I want to make one decision and be spiritually consistent for good. I wanted to get married, say I do and live happily ever after. I wanted to have a job where I would be taken care of for life.
Revelation 21:3-4 says, Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. . . Then, and only then will we be able to say, you have arrived at your final destination.
Until that day, little on earth is static; very few things will be complete. My marriage may be awesome this year and not so awesome next year. My health may be the best it has ever been and a month later it all could change. My career may look promising only to have a merger put me in the unemployment line. My faith may be robust today only to wonder two months later if God really exists.
Nothing stays the same; nothing is complete in this life. Life is all about the journey toward the final destination. Here are a couple of things that will help us through the hills and valleys.
1. Faith, God is for us not against us.
2. Healthy disciplines to slow the natural deterioration of all things left to themselves.
3. Treasure the moments, this one will never be relived.
4. Give life your best shot all the while keeping your eyes on the final destination.
PS This is my 200th blog!