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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Are We There Yet?

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” ~ Revelation 22:1-5 (ESV)

I remember the road-trips we took when I was a little girl. My parents always made the point to take my sister and me at least 2 weeks during the summer to either Bavaria or Austria--for a fun-filled vacation. Traveling with two little girls from Northern Germany to the most Southern part of Germany into Austria was an adventure in itself. I don’t know what the fascination with Austria was for my parents; except the Glacier water was very clean—and very, very cold. Although we always looked forward to two fun-filled weeks, we dreaded the drive. It took at least 8 hours to get to Southern Germany, and an over-night stay in Bavaria to reach our finial destination in Austria. I loved my dad, but oh my – when he was behind the wheel, he was a mad-man. My mom always made sure that we went to the bathroom before we left, didn’t had too much to drink during the first stage of the trip, because we never knew when the first pit-stop would be. You see, my dad wanted to get us to our destination as quickly as possible—he wanted to enjoy at least 10 days a year with his family away from all the hustle and bustle. One thing that came always by mid-way to Austria: “Are we there yet?”…

Do you hear yourself asking the same question on the road of life-“Are we there yet”? Being in my mid-forties, I am looking forward to the day where things might slow down. But will life really slow down after you have raised your child/children? I don’t think so. There are always new things to learn; there are new twists in the road. Believe me, some days I wish I would be already at my final destination—Home with my heavenly Father. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love my live, but I am longing for Home when it gets really frustrating down here.

Seeing my Savior face-to-face, asking a question here or there…Sounds great to me. Read the Revelation passage again…Doesn’t is sound marvelous? Worshiping Him without interruption? No more hustle and bustle. The water of life, bright as crystal flowing from His throne…ah!

I know that He still has tasks for me to finish here on earth, so I rejuvenate on a daily basis through Scripture and praise music. I know it is not the same as worshiping Him face-to-face, but it will help me to reach my final destination. I know when you have little children it is not always possible to get rejuvenated on a daily basis, but make it your goal. Your husband, children and you will benefit from it. When you take time with Him, the road of life will be less bumpy—trust me. But foremost trust Him to lighten your travel and get you safely to your final destination…

Lord of Heaven and Earth. You are willing to rejuvenate us when the travel this side of heaven gets bumpy. Lord, help us to make time with You so we will be refreshed for our daily tasks. Help us to clear out our schedule to sit at Your feet and drink from the water of life. We are trusting that You will get us safely to our final destination. In the precious name of Jesus ~ Amen.

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Blogger MiPa said...

This post made me smile. I find myself wondering some days when we will get there. But so much to enjoy on the journey as well.

And you made me want another trip to Bavaria. Somedays I am sure that heaven must look like Garmisch. *sigh* Thank you!

May 16, 2007 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Thank you so much for this Iris, it was wonderful.

May 16, 2007 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Iris, I love this and your Dad reminds me of my Father in Law, it is torture to travel with him. When he is going there is no stopping him unless we have reached the destination.

I praise God he lightens my load.


May 16, 2007 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Tami Boesiger said...

I'm with you, Iris, longing for our heavenly home. Sometimes knowing it is ahead helps me keep going here. Thanks for giving me an "ah" moment this morning.

May 16, 2007 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I'm feeling--are we there yet--at this time in my life. I am one of those who has to remember to live each day and not to want to constantly be living for tomorrow.
Thanks for this post.
Have a great day.

May 16, 2007 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

It reminds me of the song "We are not home yet" by Steven Curtis Chapman...I long for Home as well -I think we should long for eternal peace and security in the arms of our Savior, but like you said, we have work to do here first. It certainly will be a wonderful blessed day when we arrive there.

May 16, 2007 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Lynn Donovan said...


Your dad and my dad.... exactly the same...

I think about heaven and my real home every day. Can't wait! I keep on running the race today however, because there are so many who need to meet me there. Love you.

May 16, 2007 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

Sounds like your dad and my hubby are cut from the same road-traveling cloth. I tell my kids when we load up - "everybody better sit tight..Dad's firecracker is lit!" :))

How I long for home too..

Loved this, Iris, and love your sweet heart too! :)

May 16, 2007 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Iris, the thought of being at the feet of Jesus is so exciting. I can't wait for the arrival, but I'll enjoy the journey with you till then. Awesome!

May 16, 2007 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I love this post, Iris! I think we can have such a tendency to wish away the years (Are we there yet??) but enjoying our time here on earth, while worshiping our Savior, will lead to such blessings in heaven when we do get there. Thanks for the reminder to slow down a bit.

May 16, 2007 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I loved this! thank you Iris of reminding us where our final destination will be.

May 17, 2007 at 3:06 PM  

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