By: Donna Haug
August 4, 2003
Sometimes life seems like a dream. I have waited and longed for things in my life and before I knew it the occasion was over and it hardly seemed real. I remember how much I looked forward to having the freedom to date. I had to wait a long time for that one. My mom’s rules, which were “such a pain” in those days, most certainly saved me from a lot of heartache. Graduation from high school felt like it would never come, and then all of a sudden, there I was, standing on the precipice of life! FINALLY!
Another four years of studies brought me to the end of my student life at college and to the brink of the most life-changing decision I would ever make. I chose the man I would marry. Actually, he chose me and I finally gave in – one of the BEST decisions I ever made! Once I got that ring on my finger, I couldn’t wait for the day to arrive when I could say “I do!” despite the never ending list of things that needed to be done in the meantime. On July 22, 1989, the day finally arrived. It was an eventful day (to say the least) but that evening we were FINALLY alone – husband and wife!
Each phase of life continues in this same pattern – our first pastorate, the birth of each of our children, our first term as missionaries in Brazil and most recently the excitement of FINALLY fulfilling Mark’s lifelong dream of returning to Africa. Each step along the way we’ve waited with bated breath, sometimes with more patience then at other times. As the next step is taken, part of me says, “Here we go!” Another part breathes a sigh of relief – “FINALLY!” Of course, ‘finally’ doesn’t really mean ‘finally’. Usually it means another beginning – another leg of the journey. Our reaction to each of them has varied depending on the circumstances we’ve found ourselves in. But soon our eyes are drawn to the next milestone.
There are many milestones I will still pass as life goes on, Lord willing. Some I will eagerly wait for, others I may dread. However, at the end of my life’s journey, there is one event I long for more and more as time goes by. One day I will see my Jesus face to face! I can’t wait. Sometimes it seems like the day will never come. When the longed for day at last arrives, I will stand before my loving Savior and He will look at me and say “FINALLY! Welcome home!”
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Wonderful! The ending was the best! You have a lot of talent!
Finally~I'm getting around to reading some of the entries!! I must admit, Donna, this is one of my favorite things you have written. What an Ending!! Thanks so much for a beautiful Word. With much love, Mary
Well, once again Donna you win the award for fastest challenge contributor, and what a great entry. I related so much with many of the events of your life - first love, the big wedding day, the births of the children. There are so many "finally" moments, and your final paragraph was the greatest, yet to come, finally of all. Well done Donna! With love, Deb
Donna, I LOVED THIS! When the Savior says "Finally, You are come". My goodness, what rejoicing. In the meantime, "running the race as if to win"...is it just me, or does it seem that time goes a lot faster today than it did when I was younger? Great job -- AGAIN! Debbie
Well done, Donna! Thanks for focusing us again on the day when all those 'finally's will be finalized! Finally, have a good day ~ Violet
And when that final day comes and we finally stand face to face with the one who redeemed us, it will just be another beginning. Good thinking and well put together. Davy
As usual, Donna, great article and quick with the pen too! It certainly makes me think of how I live my life here,which should be in accordance with God's will, living out the Gospel Message, and then...finally hearing those words, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant,', not only that, but seeing faces in glory whom I shared the gospel with and FINALLY realising that the seed took root and sprouted! Hallelujah! God bless, Angie