Almost… But Not Yet.

That’s what I’m feeling tonight, Lord.  Almost... but not yet.

Skippy had a bad day on the road today.  Her first, in our travels to date.  She just couldn’t get comfortable.  Up and down.  Back and forth.  Meow, meow, meow.  Not a moment’s nap in our 400+ mile trek.  Up and down.  Back and forth.  Meow, meow, meow.

We’re only two hours from home now, but we stopped at a trailer park to spend the night.  Skippy is SO HAPPY!  Walking around the campsite on her leash.  Lounging in the trailer.  Using her litter box.  Eating her dinner.  Using her litter box again.   Lounging in the trailer.  Purr, purr, purr.

We’re happy, too, Lord.  Today’s “human” stress took its toll.  The intensity of 400+ interstate highway miles, many of which were under construction.  Rain.  Tight squeezes in “no shoulder’ areas.  Truckers exceeding both speed limits and conditions, flirting at the edge of safety.

The whole “pack” (family) is cozy now.  Relaxed.  At peace. Yet, still… eager for tomorrow.

Almost [home]… but not yet.

That’s how I feel sometimes about Heaven, Lord.  Almost [Home]… but not yet.

When “human” stress takes its toll.  The intensity of a lifetime of “inter-state” miles — relentless cycles of challenges, roadblocks, failures and victories.  Valleys and mountaintops — and every climbing step in between.  Rain that falls on the evil and the good. Tight squeezes along cliff-hanging paths with no obvious guard rail.  Fellow travelers whose risky choices sometimes threaten to “take out” all of us.

Longing for the Endless Peace of Forever Family.  Eager for tomorrow.

“Look!  God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or dying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  (Revelation 21:3-4)

Purr, purr, purr.

No regrets, Lord.  No remorse tonight.  Just some wistful reflection on the Priceless Future You have made certain.  The Priceless Future that draws me forward.  The Priceless Future that, until it arrives, keeps me pressing on.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”  (Philippians 3:12)

Tomorrow, reaching for a tighter hold on You…

Until tomorrow, resting in the firmness of Your hold on me…

Abba’s Girl

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