What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13
For those of you who’ve been following my “Sunday In …” series you know I missed last Sunday. I had a free weekend this past week and decided to take a spontaneous road trip to visit family downstate. We had a wonderful few days together and words can hardly express the joy of being with my family and celebrating a year since Gracie left the hospital only to grow into a healthy, squirming toddler. I was thankful to get photos of me and Gracie together. It’s a photo I can show her as she grows older and tell her how funny and loving she was as a toddler.
Even in the midst of this joy, I was reminded of the fact that we have something even more glorious to come. God spent only a few days creating the entire universe, probably only a fraction of a second on that gorgeous little girl I hated to say goodbye to.
But He’s spent thousands of years preparing heaven as our eternal home, even as we’ve become so comfortable in this world. We get caught up pretending that our time on this world will never end. The reality is that we are only here for a blink of an eye. Still the time we have here on earth is priceless. We need to take advantage of every second that we are given. Even when that means driving 7 hours to visit and hug and laugh and pray over dinner with your family.
Now I’m faced with the aftermath. You know what I’m talking about: feeling bad I didn’t have time to visit with everybody, the pile of laundry, the piles of “stuff” dropped here and there, dishes to be found and washed. I’ve been out of my routine. I haven’t eaten the same. And it feels so good to sit down and write again.
Let me encourage you today! Despite how hectic things might seem afterwards, quality family time matters. It communicates availability and fosters a sense of security. It establishes a solid home base from which children can launch out into the world with confidence and strength. Even something as simple as singing silly songs together or tasting dill pickle for the first time could turn out to be a memorable family experience.
Then after all this joy we’ll get spend eternity together!