Coming Home

This was a blog that wasn’t written during the trip, but was on my mind and heart.  When I was on the plane returning from Japan, I couldn’t wait to get home. 

I have always felt that the best part of any trip is coming home.  Whenever I go anywhere over an extended period of time, I cannot wait to get home. 

If I travel on an airplane, the plane ride home is better than the ride over to my travel destination.  If I drive to a weekend retreat, the car ride home seems shorter than the ride to the retreat site.  Coming home has always been better than leaving home no matter how blessed the time in between both journeys. 

My oldest grandchild took a wonderful trip to Washington D.C. with her eighth grade class.  She had a marvelous time.  She had the privilege of being one of the students who placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (also known as the Tomb of the Unknowns) at Arlington National Cemetery.  She got to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, the Smithsonian and dozens of other national sites.

She had an incredible time with her beloved classmates and teachers.

I got to meet her at the airport along with her dad.  Their plane was late to arrive. I know many of the students since I coached them.  They all looked tired, but happy.

I asked my granddaughter about her trip.  She said she had a great time, but was glad to be home.  One of her classmates told me how they got delayed and that she couldn’t wait to get home.  The trip was great, but they all couldn’t wait to get home.

There is something about coming home that is special.  No matter how wonderful the time away is, coming home always brings a glad tiding to one’s heart. 

And so it is with our eventual departure from this earth.  No matter how wonderful the journey on earth, coming home to heaven will be special.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”  2 Timothy 4:6-8 

Paul had a remarkable life on earth.  God used him to jump start the church.  He penned a significant portion of the Scriptures through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Paul had a great journey.

At the end, he was ready to come home to the Lord.  It may be the best coming home of all. 

Something to think about…