This morning I was where I could only hear the words coming from the television, but I got the picture anyway. A mother and daughter being reunited for the first time in twenty-three years, the mother was saying, “I can’t wait for her to meet her biological siblings!” The thought raced through my mind, I imagine that’s how God must feel about our gathering in Heaven, as I pictured the joy that occurs when a new babe is born or a wayward child returns or is returned to the Family.
Luke 19:10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. In recent years through numerous television accounts, we have become even more aware of children seeking their birth parents for a variety of reasons. When the stories are well presented, we feel the emotions involved from both sides as the individuals share their life histories. Many times we shed tears for all that has been lost, while at the same time sharing great delight for the new-found joy in these lives.
Some of the adoptees have had wonderful families while others have been bounced around as foster children, some in very abusive situations. So, too, are the lives God sees us living on this earth. Some of us have been in relationships that go along as smoothly as ships through calm waters, while others are tossed and turned as though through the most ferocious of stormy seas.
At our Heavenly Reunion, all of that will come as no surprise to God. Unlike the earthly parents who have been separated from their children for twenty-three years, more or less, God has never lost contact with us. He has always known exactly where we were and what conditions we were in. But, because He knew that we were going to be forever separated from Him, with no happy reunion to celebrate, He sent His Son, to seek and to save us all.
For just a minute, please walk with me in the footsteps of the lost, seeking, sad child, as we see Jesus coming to take us by the hand, saying, “I am the One you are seeking.”
What will we do? How will we respond?
Jesus also said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.” John 14:23
Will we love Him and keep His Word?
Won’t we immediately say, “I can’t wait to meet my spiritual siblings!”
How about starting right here, right now? And then, our Heavenly reunion will be all that much sweeter!
© Marilyn Sue (Libby) Moore 7-2-2011
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