On this journey, I have had some setbacks and some fall forward experiences. My imperfections have been visible for all to see. In these transparent moments, God continued purging me of my faults. I can earnestly say, “God is amazing, even when it hurts!”
I don’t remember how old I was when I first responded. The pastor opened up the doors of the church and I felt compelled as a child to walk down the aisle and give my hand to Jesus. I have experienced other moments of wonderment and action. But it all came together when God revealed my purpose on earth. What is it? The inaudible words I heard in my spirit was, “Walk among man and teach and I will bless you in ways not known!” I’ve been doing that for over 30 years. It was a difficult journey filled with missteps, pitfalls, and more. There were times I questioned my faith. There were times I questioned the love of God. There were times I felt completely abandoned by others. There were times I lost my way. But at no times did God leave my side, even when I no longer felt His presence.
Jesus declared that He would never leave us or forsake us. I am a witness to this fact. The faithful person in my Christian walk is God. There is none more dependable, none more capable, none more loving, and none more consistent. God has been in relentless, hot pursuit of me. He has chastened and strengthened, while conforming me into the image of His Son, Jesus the Christ. My heart sings,
"Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face. There to sing forever of His saving grace. On the streets of glory, let me lift my voice. Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice."
Indeed, I feel blessed that God cares so much. Humbly, I must admit, I don’t deserve the treatment. Nonetheless, I accept God is preparing me for the journey home. Home, the place of many mansions and doors made of pearl. Home, the place where tears are wiped away and all pain is gone. Home, where saints praise and worship God Almighty without stop. Home, where a new robe and new name await me. Home, where I become what my God always wanted me to be. If that ain't heaven, I don't know what is!
No wonder why I long for home. But until I arrive, I commit to encourage others to seek this new home as well. Why? It is too good to keep to myself. There is room to spare. If you are not homeward bound, consider this your invitation. Join me in this journey. Your heavenly home beckons. Don’t unpack your bags yet. This earth ain’t your home. Let’s go…