Monday, October 31, 2016

Nana, Come Home!

Those words (in my title) were so precious to me, so inviting, so sweet to hear.  Those words came from the mouth of my 2 ½ year old grandson, said in the charming way of a child learning to express himself.

Gus’ mommy works in the world of speech and language development; her passion is centered on helping people of all ages, with communication challenges. So it’s no surprise that her own children would get great coaching as they develop their communication skills.

Sometime ago Gus’ daddy (my son) called me to arrange some FaceTime and I was delighted. Between busy schedules on both ends and the challenge of the three hour time difference, we don’t get as much opportunity to connect as I would like.

We made our connection and as I watched Gus on camera, it was obvious he was totally enthralled with his cars and trucks.  His daddy persisted in asking Gus, “who do you see?” It took a couple of times asking that question to get Gus to refocus.  Finally I saw that precious grin as Gus looked straight into the camera and he answered his dad, “Nana”.

But what came next totally melted my heart….he said, “Nana, come home.”  I knew in that instant that my developing relationship with Gus (after not seeing each other for several months), was intact and growing.  He was inviting his Nana to come to his home!  Because Gus and his brother live so far away, I want to everything possible to love on them.  I want to be a presence in their lives.  I literally praise God for that computer when it becomes an instrument of connection.

As wonderful as it is to hear my sweet grandson invite me to “come home”, how much more amazing is it to hear God say “Judy, come home”?  His Word says that this earth isn’t really our home; we are just passing through this life.  Our time here is very important but a heavenly destination/home is awaiting all of us who have placed our trust in Christ.

In Philippians 3:20 we are told that our citizenship is in heaven.  And that very well-known scripture, John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  What does that mean?  It means Jesus is the way home.

I am so thankful to know…. to be assured by God’s promises…  that because I have trusted Christ to bring me home, this world’s problems are just temporary.  God has blessed me with a life on earth that I love, but when the time comes to “go home”, I can be certain that He has provided the way and I will live with my Creator forever.

Can you claim that assurance?  My friends, God has his arms wide open.  He is ready to welcome you home.  If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, you do not have to wait a moment longer.  You can pray a simple prayer: A – admit you are a sinner; C – confess that sin and ask Jesus into your life; T – thank Him for His gift of your salvation.  And then one day you will hear those wonderful words, “Welcome home.”

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