I finally got to see my friend again!
Three and a half years ago, I wrote a blog about my new friend, Mr. Parker. For those who are new, let me link that blog here. It was a chance meeting. I was given an earlier seat on a connecting flight in February 2019, and a friendship blossomed in just 40 minutes from Birmingham to Atlanta! Mr. Parker calls it divine intervention. I agree!
We’ve been hoping the last several years to figure out a way to see each other in person again. I was looking forward to meeting his wife and spending time together. But between Covid and us living across the country from each other, it wasn’t possible. I cherished every phone call we had talking about so many things, our families, the state of the country, the people we knew. But we both wanted to be able to sit with each other again and see each other’s faces. We both looked forward to the day that would happen.
Two weeks ago, we got our wish, and I took Emily with me just a short drive down the road to have dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Parker! When I walked into the restaurant and saw them standing there and got to hug both of them, the joy I felt from anticipating this long-awaited meeting was overwhelming.
I have the same anticipation for another meeting—the meeting of my Heavenly Father. I think to Paul writing to the Philippians. He was imprisoned at the time and looking to encourage the church in Philippi. He wrote to them about the gospel being preached and how he was trusting God even during the time he was in prison. And then he says this of his situation:
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;” –Philippians 1:21-23
He longed to be with Jesus. He anticipated his time in heaven, worshipping the God of salvation. While he loved his family and friends and he loved the ministry, he recognized that to be in heaven bowing at the feet of the Father far surpassed any wonderful thing he could experience on the earth.
I want to be the same way, and as we study the book of Revelation, I’m reminded even more about the joy that will come from seeing the face of Jesus. I want to thank God for creating me. I want show reverence to Him for His sovereignty. I long to worship with the heavenly host singing praises about the glory of the King of Kings.
As much as I want to be here enjoying my time on this earth, I long even more to see the face of Jesus.
I pray that as we celebrate during this holiday season, we anticipate not only the celebration of His birth but the face-to-face meeting we will one day have!