The tension was palpable in the airport. It was almost 3 a.m. and I was bleary-eyed awaiting the arrival of friends from the States. I had been living in the Middle East for several years and had made this middle-of-the-night airport run many times, but today, something was different. The crowd was larger than normal and there was an intoxicating electricity in the air. Normally, you would find me sitting in a chair in the waiting area, slumped over and questioning why I wasn’t in bed. Not today, today I was standing right behind this buzzing crowd, wondering what was about to happen. You could feel the anticipation, growing and waning, something significant was about to happen and I wanted to be in the middle of it, whatever it was.
THEN, IN A MOMENT, THE ROOM ERUPTED.
A single man in an NBA jersey walked around the security wall and it was as if someone lit the fuse of a bomb. Screams, shrieks and candy being hurled in the air were just a few of the things that my mind took in as this crowd of people’s expectations became reality. My heart started racing as I overheard conversations and realized that this man, 20 years between visits, was being welcomed back in to the family from which he had been separated. As I stood there taking it all in, mouth agape, my Father spoke to me and said, “This is nothing compared to the homecoming I have planned for you!” Tears were streaming down my face as I realized that this little Arab family had somehow captured a sliver of heaven in this small, nondescript airport.
A FORESHADOWING OF A HEAVENLY HOMECOMING THAT IS BEING PLANNED FOR ALL WHO ARE STRANGERS AND ALIENS IN THIS WORLD, LONGING FOR A BETTER REALITY AND RECONNECTION WITH THEIR TRUE FAMILY.
Few saw it and fewer still recognized it, but it was without question a holy moment, a foretaste of the tangible love and expectation of my Father and it changed me forever.
This experience reminded me that there is a world beyond what I see, a more real world. I have my U.S. citizenship for a few decades, but my eternal home is in heaven with the Lord. Philippians 3:20-21 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.”
There is a day coming, when we as believers, will walk around the wall that separates life on this earth and our eternal home with Jesus.
ALREADY, THE TENSION AND JOYFUL EXPECTATION IS MOUNTING IN HEAVEN.
If you stop for a moment, set your mind on things above and let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart, you can pick up on it. The beginning rumblings of a welcoming party, buzzing with excitement over the coming reunion. Let us live our lives on earth to honor the One who loved us so much He gave His life to make a way for us to live with Him forever and who now has gone ahead of us to prepare for a place for us!
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3
By Trey Green – Church-Planting School Director