beloved

Home for the Holidays

Rejoice

by Ginger Goss

Over the years, I’ve looked forward to going home for the holidays. Nothing like a big hug from my dad, especially when it’s been a while. My dad and I have a tradition of doing his Christmas shopping for my mom together. Don’t remember exactly when it became tradition, but we’ve been doing it for at least a couple decades. Usually starts out as breakfast and then we’re off to find something extra special for her. A few years ago he wanted to get her a gold bracelet. He saw one on somebody else a few months earlier and thought mom would love it. As we searched department stores, jewelers, and boutiques, he showed me styles similar to what we were looking for. He tried his best to describe it to me. He had a beautiful gift in mind, but I couldn’t see what he saw. I could only see what was around me or try to picture it based on what I’d seen before. What I dreamed up in my head though, didn’t match what my dad had in mind for my mom. I lacked his insight and vision. I hadn’t seen what he saw.

Thinking back on that memory, I can’t help but wonder if that’s not just the perfect picture of God with us. He has an amazing gift in mind for us…Eternity in Heaven with Him. He has an incredible place that He’s preparing for us. He’s told us about it through the Bible, through Jesus, through visions, through glimpses in our daily lives. Just like that bracelet that my dad described to me, but I couldn’t fully imagine. I saw glimpses in the stores, but none fully showcased what he saw in his mind. You and I will never fully grasp Heaven until we see it. But… we get glimpses all around us too. When I dwell on the beauty I see around us, when I enjoy the gorgeous flowers dotting my landscape, when I discover new seashells on the beach when I watch a sunrise or sunset, it’s a shadow of what Heaven like. When I see the love of my earthly dad, when I feel the hugs of my family, when I experience the joy of seeing them for the holidays, it’s merely a small fragment of what Heaven will be like when I see my Heavenly Daddy face to face, when I feel His arms wrap around me, and when I know… I’m finally HOME for the holidays.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬b NLT‬‬

Ginger Goss 😀

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