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Topic: Click (04/18/13)
TITLE: There's No Place Like Home
By Lisa Hudson
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When Dorothy wanted to go back home, all she had to do was click her heels three times. ‘Click, Click, Click’. Nope, I’m still here. But I do look forward to going home someday. I am excited to see my heavenly home, perhaps more than I should be. Some folks find it morbid that I actually look forward to death. I don’t think so at all. It will be my ultimate reward for living this life.
Don’t’ get me wrong…I love being alive. I am so thankful to be breathing and walking. I love to laugh, and even love to cry sometimes. It allows me to empty my hurts, just to let more love and laughter in. There are days I wake up and look out my window, and my breath is just taken away by the colors in the morning sky. All I can say is “Thanks”, to the Master Artist for such a beautiful display. He always likes it when I acknowledge His little gifts like that.
I love the fact that He allows me to wake each day, giving me challenges and tasks to remind me I have a purpose. He wants me to do my very best at whatever I feel led to do; sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don’t. He loves me even when I fail Him, then I can feel Him urging me to try again. He is so patient with me…so much more than I am with my loved ones. Every night He reminds me that I have much to learn, so He chooses to let me remain here.
There have definitely been times when I wished for Heaven. When my dear friend Karen was taken home, I really wanted to be with her. She was a light in this dark world that I miss tremendously. Sometimes when I’m watching the news on television, I find myself wishing for Heaven often. Thankfully, we have a little invention called a remote control, and with one ‘click’ we can turn off all of the bad stuff whenever we want to. I wish I could press the ‘rewind’ button, and bring Karen back.
Yes, I am thankful for my life, but life can be so very hard. I know I wouldn’t appreciate my mountaintop moments if it weren’t for the valleys we all must go through. I have reached moments of despair that all I can say out loud amidst my tears is, “I am overwhelmed!” The valleys are short-lived at times, and then there are the moments that seem to last forever. It is probably during these moments when I look around me and really see the children who are hungry, or the children who are abused or neglected. My own sorrows cause me to look around and see the sorrows of others. Almost always, my worries and troubles seem pretty insignificant in comparison. It is at this time I find myself wishing for Heaven again. Not for my sake, but for theirs…the children. “Lord, come quickly” is my response.
Until He is ready for me, I am content and thankful to be where He has placed me. I have been blessed with a good man as my husband, three healthy children, and even a few grandchildren for good measure. I have a loving church which supports me and my ideas for ministry, and we have a roof over our head and plenty of food to eat. I could go on and on about the blessings our Lord has given me, but with that I would fear that my praises would sound more like pride.
No, I will keep my blessings to myself for now. I look forward to the day, however, when I am allowed to take my final steps over the heavenly threshold and tell Jesus how much I love Him, and thank Him for all of these wonderful blessings. I expect I will fall to my knees out of sheer awe, and knowing me, I’ll be so happy that I will cry. I know there aren’t supposed to be tears in Heaven, but joyful tears might not count.
‘Click, Click, Click’. Nope, still here…
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