A Mental Getaway
by Matt Smith
I think it’s safe to say that we all have places we like to escape to in our minds, particularly during a very stressful day. For many people, my wife included, that escape might be the beach. Whether it’s watching an episode of “Beach Front Properties” or a little sign they might have, such as “life is better at the beach”, the allure of the waves and the sand is often a nice mental getaway. While I too enjoy the sights and smells of the ocean, I would rather check out a webcam of Mount Washington in NH or of a peaceful mountain valley in Colorado as a nice little mental escape.
Our passage today reminds us of a location that should be much more on our minds than our favorite vacation getaway. In 1 Thess. 4 Paul views with the Thessalonian believers the truth of the rapture and he ends the chapter by saying, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”. Did you catch that? “So shall ever be with the Lord” He echoes those same words again in chapter 5 saying, “Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
If we have trusted Christ as Savior, we have a promise from God Himself of an eternal home with Him forever. While I’m sure this is something we all already know and understand, how often do we find ourselves thinking about our eternal place of residence? Perhaps it’s because we struggle to get a grasp of exactly what heaven will look like, although the book of Revelations certainly gives us more than a glimpse of the grandeur of heaven. But I think more than the streets of gold and precious stones, the thought that should give us comfort, as Paul writes in 4:18, is the fact that we will be in the presence of God Himself forever. An omnipotent and holy God, yet one who desires an intimate relationship with each of us. May we allow our minds to wander, not just to our favorite vacation getaways, but also to our eternal destination.
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