Saturday, October 29, 2011
Lately I've been reminded of that feeling of homesickness by my sweet Prince. It started last Sunday when church was just about to begin and he leaned over to me and asked, "Mom, when is Jesus coming back to earth?" Of course my response was, "I don't know." To which Prince responded, "But Mom, I really miss him and I want to see him. I haven't seen Jesus in a very long time and he promised he would come back!" I love the timing of all of this because by this time worship has begun and I am trying to deal with this very important topic with my sweet Prince, yet still not disturb everyone around us. "I know darlin' but the Bible says that no one knows the day or the hour that Jesus will come back except for God. He's coming back some day, we just don't know when. That's why we have to be ready."
We've had this same discussion several times this past week. Prince is anxious to see Jesus face to face and as he has already told me, he hasn't "seen Jesus since he was a baby in heaven before he was born." OK, can I just say "Wow" to that?
This whole discussion has me thinking about how homesick I am as well. I used to hear other people say that and I didn't understand what that really meant but as I look around and see all that is going on in our world, I too, find myself feeling a bit homesick. I can't wait for that day when I can sit at Jesus' feet and ask him all of the questions I've been pondering for so long. Until then, I know that Jesus walks beside me every day, my constant companion and friend. I'm reminded of the song I sang to Prince from the time he was struggling to live in the NICU:
Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely and long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion,
My constand friend is he
For his eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.
His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watched me.
I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.
So until that day comes, I will watch and pray and remember Jesus words:
"In my Father's house are many mansions. if it were not so, I would have told you. I go and prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:2-3