“And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:23 (ESV)
It’s that time of the year again… all of the hype of the holidays has faded. No more Christmas music, no more resolutions announced, no more giddy cheer. We’re back to normal ‘ole days.
Ever since I was a kid, I despised December 26th. It was incredibly depressing. The tree skirt lay barren around the tree. The family who came over to visit was on their way home. Yeah, I may have had some gifts cards and new toys to play with, but I always felt so…. empty. This year, I experienced this yet again.
There’s so much buildup for the holidays. We can even admit that, at times, it can get a little out of hand. Retail is thrives during this season and lures our debit cards to those little black machines at each register. Christmas is as commercial as ever. Now, I’m not completely bashing any of that – the gift giving, the Santa photos, the holiday lights. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and I love that we get to celebrate it for an entire month. But ever since I became a Christian, the meaning of this day far surpasses any of the materialistic virtues that modern America associates it with.
The point of this post though is to tell you about a realization I had this past holiday season. Again, the day after Christmas was sad for me. All of the anticipation of this special day is built up and you just can’t wait for it to get here. You plan so much for it and make sure everything is perfect and finish wrapping all of the gifts. Then, it happens. And that’s it. We’re left with tupperware of leftovers in the fridge and a garbage full of crumpled up wrapping paper. And I thought, “Wow, this is getting old. Why can’t the excitement of this day last?” Then, the Lord pointed my heart to our heavenly home. Our dwelling that we are promised for eternity. And I’m reminded in His word that we await the day with longing and groaning that we will finally be with our Father! Our Savior! And that, my fellow brothers and sisters, is a high that we will never come down from. Day 2 of being in heaven will be just as amazing as day 1. There will be no such thing as emptiness. You will never be sad again. Heaven will not be bland. Heaven will not be less than what we’ve been told about in God’s word. In fact, It will far surpass the imagination of our current finite minds. We will be in awe, forever. Our satisfaction will never end.
If you are not a Christian – are there things you chase after in this life and long for, and then once you get it, it’s really not as great as you hoped? Or maybe it was just as great, but that excitement and joy doesn’t last? Isn’t that frustrating? It’s exhausting as well. When you trust in our Lord Jesus, you await a reward that will satisfy you forever because it was what we were created for. God created His people to live among them and gave them Himself – because He knows it is Himself that our hearts truly long for.You will never have to worry about being empty again.
Praise be to God! – that our joy in Him will one day be complete! And we will no longer be in the flesh but we will reside in our heavenly bodies in the full presence of God, our Creator. We will be reunited at last. Praise be to God! – that day 2 in Heaven will not feel anything like looking at a trash bag of crumpled wrapping paper. In Heaven, we will never have to see any boxes packed up to go back in the attic. The waiting will be over!!!
The anticipation is worth it. Look forward to our eternal and true promise. God does not let His people down. What you are waiting for will never have a downhill slope. The momentary pleasures on this side of heaven will always, always, always fade away. But God’s love never does, and neither does the grace that Jesus gives us.
What are you waiting for? What has you counting down the days? Is it something that will fail you? If it isn’t Jesus, then you will not be satisfied longer than a day.