Longing for Eternity

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

These few verses present us with a word picture of how we could be longing for our Eternal Home.

Wanting to be there physically.
Knowing family is there but not able to be there just yet.
And of course, being in the presence of Jesus, for He will be our Glory and Joy.

We get glimpses of eternity on occasion here on Earth, but our longing for Heaven and Jesus remains. The work we do here and the lives we can influence matter to God. We don’t know how it all fits together and works together in the end because it’s a complicated world with an infinite number of moving pieces and players.

God still watches over the affairs of mankind. Nothing escapes His eye.

Nothing surprises Him. Not the latest terrorist bomb, dictatorial tyrant, or devastating natural disaster.

We don’t quite understand Eternity and all its dimensions.

But we do know this: Our Savior will be there seated on His throne, much as he’s seated on His throne right now. All the rest of this on Earth is a little blurry, a little fuzzy to our eyes.

Forget about some of your troubles today and take a few minutes to consider Eternity. You’ll be glad you did.

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