Ob­sta­cles for us to nav­i­gate

Times-Record - - NEWS - By MIKE TROTT Den­ton Church of the Brethren

My bride and I moved to Den­ton this past Au­gust. I gen­er­ally en­joy mov­ing to new places. I look for­ward to the ad­ven­ture of meeting peo­ple and build­ing new friend­ships. What I do not look for­ward to is mov­ing all the stuff. Mov­ing be­long­ings from an old home to a new home can be an over­whelm­ing and ex­haust­ing process.

There were other ob­sta­cles for us to nav­i­gate as well. For ex­am­ple, not long after mov­ing, we re­al­ized that we weren’t the only ones liv­ing in our new home. A colony of bats, some mice, a lot of hor­nets, and at least one squir­rel were all liv­ing there too.

When I took time re­cently to rest and re­flect upon my life over the past few weeks, I re­al­ized just how much this move has un­der­scored in my body and spirit the long­ing I have for Heaven. I was re­minded of Je­sus’ words to us in the gospel ac­cord­ing to John 14:2-3. “In my Fa­ther’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to pre­pare a place for you. If I go and pre­pare a place for you, I will come again and re­ceive you to My­self, that where I am, there you may be also.” (NASB)

I firmly be­lieve the move to Heaven will be so much eas­ier than any move we have ever ex­pe­ri­enced. There will be no trucks and no boxes. There will be no traf­fic and no heavy lift­ing. Nei­ther bats nor squir­rels will invade our eter­nal homes. What an unimag­in­able and in­com­pre­hen­si­ble bless­ing it is that Je­sus has al­ready car­ried the load for us. He goes and pre­pares rooms for us that are not only pest free, but per­fect in ev­ery way. I can’t wait.

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