“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:
for he hath prepared for them a city.” Heb. 11:16
“Why didn’t Mom and Dad come? I thought for sure they would come take me home today.” Tears brimmed Mom’s eyes as she pleaded with me for an answer that would satisfy her greatest desire.
“They couldn’t today, Mom. But things are being made ready for you. Soon they will come.”
A deep sigh and a weak smile told me she would accept my answer but it wasn’t enough to ease the disappointment. At 89 and journeying through dementia, Mom’s words might not make sense to me or my family, but in this we knew what she wanted. For in those few completely lucid moments she made it plain.
“I just want to go home.”
Like Abraham she,
“Looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”Heb. 11:10.
She looked for a home,
“…prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev. 21:2-4.
“I am ready to go home. Why does He not come?”
Mom’s questions during this time, and there were many, were some of my own questions. This journey Mom and our family traveled together was a hard time but also, it was a time of experiencing the faithful goodness of our God. I’m still trying to process the things He taught us not only by the hearing of His word but the living out of the truth of His word.
In this time, as He spoke to me from Mark 11: 22,
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
He enriched my faith as He called me to wait upon Him. He gave us all grace for strength when we had no strength. He blessed our lives through experiencing His goodness in the suffering. He worked good in us out of a bad situation. He filled our lives with His peace when the pain was greatest. He fulfilled all His good word to us and to Mom.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions:
If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3.
So, why did He wait? Why did He not come?
He didn’t wait, and He did come even as He said.
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God ye might receive the promise.
For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith…”Heb. 10:36-38a.
Jesus was not late, nor was He early. He came for Mom and carried her home. He did not tarry. In all her life her desire was to bring glory to God through reaching the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging her family and friends to live for Him.
When God created the earth it was a beautiful place for mankind to enjoy full fellowship with Him for eternity. We only had to eat of the tree of life. We chose the tree of knowledge of good and evil thinking we could run the world better than its Creator. We were wrong, lost life, and inherited death. Then Jesus appeared, God in the flesh to redeem the life we lost. We were not made for this world as it is now, but for that city God is preparing for all those who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior. Again,
“He that shall come will come, and will not tarry”
Death of this physical body is certain unless Jesus returns first. Just as certain as death comes, so does life after death. The only question that remains is whether an inheritance of everlasting life waits for you or a life of eternal death.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life…He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16,18.
I know I will see Mom again when the Lord comes for me. I hope to see each one of you there too. And, yes, I do believe I will know you. For I don’t believe there are any strangers in the family of God. In the scope of eternity I can say, “Hope to see you soon.”
Questions about your eternal destiny? I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for visiting today. I pray God’s blessing of life is yours.