Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Getting Ready

I am so excited!!!! Today I am leaving for North Platte. I am speaking for their Ladies Fall Fellowship tomorrow. I will be seeing friends from work and family from church. I have missed them all so much. I know I will have a wonderful time.
Whenever I travel anywhere, I have a series of rituals I go through to prepare for the trip. These rituals, while they drive Ned crazy, are important to me. I always, always, do all the laundry, clean the house, change the bedding and clean the bathroom. I clean everything. In fact, I leave my house looking better than it does on a day to day basis. I pack at least four more outfits than I need and I start making lists of what I am wearing, taking, etc several days before. I transfer my toiletries into smaller travel size containers so they are less cumbersome. I make sure I have the necessities for the trip: My Bible, my lesson, a thank you card for my host, Dasani water, sunflower seeds, gum, diet Dr Pepper, Advil, tissue and an Atlas. And I try to take someone else with me because the journey is better with company and the destination worth sharing. All of the preparation, besides obviously getting me ready, also increases the anticipation of the destination.
As these rituals were unfolding throughout the day, yesterday, I began thinking I should be like that about my final destination, Heaven. I should be anxiously preparing for that day. I should be geting everything in my house (my life) cleaned up and ready. I should be leaving this world in better shape than I found it in. I should be making lists of what I need to do before I go and marking them off as they are accomplished. I should be assembling the things I need to make this trip easier, love joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. I should have my atlas---my map---His word, ever ready. I should make sure my clothing is correct. (Revelation 19:8 says the bride of Christ is clothed with fine linen representing the righteous acts of the saints). And I most certainly should be inviting others to take this trip with me. But most of all, I should be getting excited!!! These preparations should be building the anticipation almost to a frenzied level. I should be longing for the destination.
I think too often we live, or at least I do, like this earth is our final destination. But it is not!!!! This is just part of the trip. The destination is, oh so much sweeter----without the road hazards, the driving stress, or the monotony of the trip. There is no bad food, no bad roads, no bad directions and no getting lost. The destination is more than the vacation of a lifetime. It is the LIFE!!!!! I am convicted that I need to do better at remembering I am just passing through.


"This world is not my home, I am just passing through"


Blogger Larissa said...

Thanks for the kind words. I hope you had a great trip!

3:36 PM  

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