But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ… (Philippians 3:20)
Like a little kid on the last day of school
Like my pooch at the back door when the neighbor’s cat is in the yard
Like an office worker at 4:59
That’s how you think I’d be, contemplating the arrival of the Most Important
But I’m not…at least, not often.
Oh, the reasons are many–busyness, stress, the surreality of it all.
But the fact remains
How about you?
Hey, whoa, look, I’m not going for guilt here. You manufacture enough guilt on your own; you definitely don’t need my help. Besides, we serve a God of redemption, of transformation, not of guilt.
Then what are you doing, Michael?
I’m trying to remind you–us–that we can have that eagerness. We can have that excitement. You see, the kid on Christmas morning is excited because he has been obsessing about these presents for months. He has been thinking and wondering and imagining and picturing himself with his new Nifty Zoom 3000. It’s filled his eight-year-old brain, the same way the neighbor’s cat fills my dog’s brain.
Such as it is.
So here’s the challenge, Beloved of Christ. Think about him today. Not only in prayer, but in your mental down time. Your in-between moments. Imagine what it will be like when he comes to you, when he transforms you, when you stand before him clean and whole and forgiven and bathed in his perfect love. Dwell on it today, and see if that doesn’t produce a little eagerness.
But don’t drool. Dogs can get away with it–you can’t.
Happy Thursday, Beloved