My husband has been gone a mere two weeks and I am consumed with homecoming preparations. This military lifestyle has a way of bringing out the Special Events Coordinator in all of us.
It doesn’t matter if they have been gone two weeks or a whole year…..favorite foods are prepared for their arrival, spring cleaning sweeps through our homes, and upgrades to their favorite chairs and wardrobes take place; all in preparation of their homecoming.
Those left behind have elaborate ways of counting down to their loved ones homecoming~~paper chains and jelly beans in a jar, calendars marked black and a date far off circled in red; even a new I-phone app to countdown the seconds, minutes, hours, days until our loved ones arrival home.
So this Easter season as I prepared for my husbands return home, my mind clings to Jesus and His promise to us as He approached His death and resurrection.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14: 1-3
What happened on the Cross made it possible for us to one day experience the ultimate homecoming~~a homecoming that Jesus is preparing for us; to a place where fear no longer exists, evil has been exiled, and tears are no more. A place that is filled with God’s presence. A place that I picture to be snippets of my favorite places and things~~~plump rolling hills peppered with Autumn leaves that never die, the sound of gentle waves tumbling on to warm sand, and the smell of lilacs, coconut, and fresh cut grass. But until that day, we can only imagine.
We can only imagine the homecoming He is preparing for us!
Because of what Jesus did for us yesterday, we have hope for today (and every day after)!!!!