Devotional Thoughts:

Dig Deeper

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Dave Lyman

  1. As The End Gets Closer

Not that long ago, I found myself at that stage in life when my two girls had finished high school.  They both selected a college out of state, which meant that at the end of the summer we had to load the car up with all of their belongings and bring them to their new place of residence for the next several months.  After many trips up and down the stairs of the dorm, the boxes and bags are up in their room.  My wife and I would then spend several hours helping with the unpacking process, the effort to settle in and try to make the room more like home.  Eventually, we would drive home and the semester would begin.

As parents, we always stay involved in what the kids are doing.  We would take their class schedules and their pictures and post them on the side of a kitchen cabinet.  This enabled us to know what they were facing each day.  We would pray them through their classes and tough exams.  Emails and phone calls kept us posted on their health and social life.

During the course of the semester, we would receive calls to just say hi, share a heartache, ask for money, ask for advice, tell of a good grade, and tell us when they were sick.  The calls were often frequent during the first week or two of school.  But then as the semester proceeded, they would not be as often. 

However, I have observed a similar pattern with both girls.  As we approached the time when they would be coming home for Christmas break or summer break, the frequency of the calls increase.  I also noticed that the calls include a lot more of “I can’t wait to come home,” “Only two more weeks, Dad,” “I miss you,” “I love you” and “only five more days, Dad.”  The eagerness and excitement to get home would build not only on the part of the girls but also for me as a father.

In many ways, I see similarities in our spiritual lives.  God placed us here on earth.  He does not just abandon us. He is involved, knows our schedule, and is concerned about our health and our social life.  God would love to have us spend time with Him every day, hearing about our struggles and providing us with advice and wisdom.  Sometimes we come to Him often but sometimes the frequency drops off. Nevertheless, through the years He remains faithful and continues to provide for our needs even as we grow older.

Eventually, we reach the stage of life when we know, that as Christians, we are approaching the time when we will be going home to be with our Heavenly Father.  It may be a year, it may be ten, but we know it is not far off.  This perspective has an impact on our spiritual lives.  We find ourselves talking to our Heavenly Father more often. We also find our prayers include a lot more of “I can’t wait to come home,” “I miss you,” and “I love you.” Henry F. Lyte had some of these same thoughts in mind when he penned the verse in the song, Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken.

Haste then on from grace to glory,

armed by faith, and winged by prayer,

Heav’n’s eternal day’s before thee,

God’s own hand shall guide thee there.

Soon shall close thy earthly mission,

swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;

Hope soon change to glad fruition,

faith to sight, and prayer to praise

The apostle Paul gave us this challenge: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25

We do not know when that day will be, but our Heavenly Father does.   He is eagerly awaiting our arrival and has prepared a place for us to be with Him throughout eternity.