While writing the blog a few days ago, I’d made the decision to get out of the house and find time for my creative side. So, the Mrs. and I went for a road trip to explore the nearby towns east of where we live. It’s been a while since we’d taken a day trip and I was looking forward to just getting out of the area for at least a few hours.
If you know how we operate, our road trips are usually a blend of finding hidden away antique shops where the Mrs. can do some exploring for a few gems ending in a nice lunch at a restaurant we either haven’t tried yet or loved from before. Today was no different.
We stopped in Farmersville, TX first. This is the town where the main character of the recent movie, “I Can Only Imagine” had grown up. It was also a great place to stop and find a gem for the Mrs. (a small iron stone sugar bowel to hold flowers in our kitchen, for all you ladies out there; an antique and only $2).
From there, we found our way through Greenville and had some lettuce-wrapped burgers at a great little burger joint called Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill. After lunch, we made our way home via a few country roads (thank you Google Maps…).
It was while driving on one of those country roads as we were making our way home, that the road had become rough, potted with dip after dip and patched many times over. I didn’t really think too much about it at the time except to quietly think bad things about Google.
Later, after coming home and getting some rest, we took the dogs out for a short walk. Just a block away, while turning the corner, I looked back at the sun setting through the trees and felt that still, small voice in my heart. It was speaking to me about home. Not our earthly home, but about our heavenly home.
I had a sense of His presence out of nowhere and a peaceful calm that, one day, we would be together with family, loved ones, and the Lord in a place full of peach and joy. Earlier in the day, the Mrs. and I decided to play hooky from church and listen to a video message from our pastor who recently came close to death from complications after a surgery (we also listened to our Daily Audio Bible in the car all day which was great!).
His testimony was powerful about what happened to him the moment he nearly died and how God got him through it. It’s something, I believe, everyone should hear. I’ll paste a link to it if you’re interested. It’s worth taking 30 minutes to listen to.
Everything came together for me tonight when I was editing this older photo above that I took a few years back of a sunset just outside of town. I added the text to tie-in what was on my heart.
The message is simple. We’re all on the road home to a life beyond the one we’re living today. That life will be eternal. On that road, we’re going to face pot holes, ups and downs, areas where we had thought we’d recovered from past hurts, only to have them opened again, and parts where the lane through is barely passable.
The decisions we make on that road home will affect where, and how, we spend our time in eternity. For me, just to be there with Him in Heaven, with as many of my family as possible, is all I will ever need. Ironically, not only did we go through the town of the main character of, "I Can Only Imagine", but they were playing the song while we were in one of the antique stores. I think God was trying to say something to me today – and to you.
His message to my heart, and hopefully to one of you as well, is that even though the road may seem long and difficult, He is always there. If we persevere through to the end of the road, heaven awaits.
We don’t know how long that road may be, but every day, we come a little closer to being home. When we do get there, all the tears, and pain, will be washed away. This life, though over, will be just a memory and eternity will await. What a glorious day that will be! I can only imagine…
Love always my friends,