Published June 19, 2012

Paul's Epistle...
"Waiting & Longing"

During my exercise walk through town the other day, I, as usual, had my ear buds in, listening to the radio when an old hymn came on. I can't remember which song it was, but it was about that day when we get to heaven — specifically that moment when, for the first time, we see Christ face to face. (Rev. 22:4.)

Since this is one of my favorite things to think about, my mind immediately raced, picturing that happening. How would I react? How would He react? What would be the proper way to react? Emotions at the moment became mixed. Would I bow before Him? Would I reach for His hand? Would I attempt to embrace Him? What would be proper? Or even possible?

Somehow, I believe we will simply know what to do when that time comes. Proper etiquette will not be an issue.

But, in my mind, I saw myself saying to the Lord, "I've been waiting for this day for a long time." Immediately, in my imagination, there as I walked up Lemon Street, the Lord's simple and loving response quite literally startled me: "Not as long as I have."

Wow. I was overwhelmed by that thought which just seemed to come "out of the blue." How simple. But how profound.

The Bible tells us there is a special blessing awaiting all those who have longed for the Lord's return (2 Tim. 4:1). But can you imagine how much Christ, Himself, longs for that day?


If you're a Christian, you've probably been waiting a long time, longing for that day when you'll see the Lord face to face. But know that He's been waiting, anticipating and longing for that moment a whole lot longer.

That time must be near. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" (Rev. 22:20).

- Paul

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