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Topic: HOME (02/07/19)
TITLE: When It Is Finished
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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The small face, mottled in shades of tan, black, and white, peeked through the window of my patio door, as I sat on the other side. I froze in position; not wanting for her to notice me, and cry to be let inside. I knew of her. She lived with the neighbors down the street, their rolling garage door lifted slightly, so that when ready, she could return home.
The friendly calico cat, clad in a pink collar, freely roams the condo complex, exploring to her hearts desire. Sometimes, she comes up to me when I stop at the mailboxes, and other times, she likes to stretch out on a neighbor’s doorstep.
I worry about her. Just the other day, as I was entering our gated community, she was next to the wrought-iron gate as it was sliding open. Unaware of the danger that stood inches from her, she was about to pounce at a little bird. I’m concerned that someday, she’ll venture out into the street, get injured, or worse, end up never returning home.
Does God care when his children wander away from Him? Absolutely! But we know that we will continue to live on this earth until God is ready to call us to our heavenly home. Regardless of our age or status, when His work in us is completed, then we will be taken to our Promised Land.
We know that curious cats really don’t have nine lives, and can lose their life when their time is up. Even Christians can get caught up in the glitz and glamour of worldly pleasures, forsaking the Christian walk for what appears to be a better life. Yet God remains available, with open arms, for the lost to return home to Him.
My little cat friend enjoys her bird stalking, but is oblivious to the potential danger. She would be safer if she remained within the inner boundaries of her home. Likewise, it’s better to stay close with God and not venture away, ignorant of what could happen. But do we? Not always! No matter the path we take, or the destination that it leads, God will bring us to our heavenly home when He deems it’s time. In spite of ourselves.
Like the slightly opened garage door waiting for the calico kitty to return home, God is waiting for His children to enter into their reward. We won’t be able to go until He knows it’s the right time, and His plans for our lives have been fulfilled; but it’s good to know that as long as I’m still on this Earth, God is not yet finished with me.
Are you out exploring worldly pleasures, or are you growing stronger in the safety of our home in the Lord? May your life allow for joy in the Lord, and not in the things of the world.
Dear God, may we learn to stay close to you, and not wander into dangerous territory. Amen.
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