Published June 19, 2012
"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?
- The Lord longs to raise those who are His to Himself (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
- He longs for the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9). It's His celebration, after all.
- He longs to give His Bride (the church) all that He's promised, and much more, too wonderful things far beyond our imagination (1 Cor. 2:9).
- This is the reason why He created us to fellowship with Him eternally!
- This is the reason He gave up the glory that He had with the Father (John 17:5) to come and be born as a child (John 1:14).
- This is the reason He shed His blood on Calvary the ultimate sacrifice (Philippians 2:8).
- This is why He returned to heaven to prepare a place for us "that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:2-3).
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).
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