Regardless of my destination, I invariably pack more than I need! I like having choice. Plus, I like being prepared for several possible scenarios. And so often the weather predictions are not quite right. So, I over pack and find myself sitting on the suitcase to get it to close completely. Sometimes as much as half of what I packed I did not use. Each time this happens I vow I will pack more reasonably next time!
Today’s verse is about a destination where no packing will be involved! Everything will be provided as Jesus has gone ahead of us to prepare the perfect place. What is amazing to me are not the things that are needed. Those will be provided for and beyond our wildest expectations. What amazes me are rather the things we will not need! No pocket flashlights are required as the Lord Himself will be our everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19). Forget the sunscreen as I can bask safely in His presence. Those small packets of tissue can be left behind as God will personally wipe away every tear. In fact, I can leave behind my water bottle as Jesus will provide wonderful springs of living water (Rev. 7:17). The first aid kit will not be needed as there will be no more sickness of death. And my wardrobe choices will be taken care of in those beautiful white robes! (Rev.7:9)
His preparations are perfect and complete. Am I prepared to meet Him? Because of His grace and with a heart that is cleansed with His forgiveness I can say, “Yes.”
Thank you Lord, for meeting every need today and for eternity!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)