But friend, as I've listened to these songs and looked forward to what heaven holds, I've had a new thought. When this day arrives, there will be opportunities that are gone as well. Opportunities to share my faith and confess my sins. A chance to witness to ones I love and ask for forgiveness from the ones I've hurt.
It's true, these days which bring stress to a farmer, ones full of rain and worry about when to plant will be gone. That's a reason to rejoice, but there's also a lesson here as well...one day the opportunity to plant seeds of faith, ones we know God will grow, will be extinct also. That's a reason to use our time wisely and do what God asks us to do!
When that one day comes, we'll be grateful the suffering is done and the trials are over. News of cancer won't bring us to our knees and tragedy will not take the ones we love, oh what a day that will be! But friend, if the ones we love don't KNOW the One who loves us that day will separate us forever. So yet another lesson...though illness and accidents can hurt the ones we love, don't forget they can open a door for us to talk about what, no Who, really matters.
I believe it's good to be excited about and look forward to that day, but at the same time we must remember to make the most of this day. Rather than longing for what lies ahead or waiting for the pain to end what can you do to prepare yourself, or someone else, for the day we know is coming?
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day
your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house
had known at what time of night the thief was coming,
he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man
will come at an hour when you do not expect Him."