I have experienced two border crossings in the last week — one entering Canada; the other, reentering the United States from Canada.
The first was uneventful. A few simple questions. A quick glance at our passports, followed by: “Welcome to Canada. Have a nice visit!” Duration? Five minutes… tops.
The other was… surprising. A few simple questions. A quick glance at our passports, followed by: “Drive down that lane behind that 18-wheel truck to the back lot. We are going to scan (x-ray) your trailer.” Scan it? For what? (Questions I wondered only in my mind, sensing if I spoke them, we might be there all day).
We followed instructions and found we were behind not one, but four 18-wheel trucks, all headed for the massive x-ray machine. It was obvious our border crossing could now stretch to one or more hours.
Suddenly, a border guard walked up to our truck and said, “We’re closing down the x-ray operation. You are getting a free pass today. Just make a U-turn, drive around that building and you’ll be on your way.”
And we were. Duration? Ten minutes… tops.
You’re so sweet to us, Lord! 🙂
And You just reminded me: There’s another border crossing in my future. The Border Crossing of all border crossings. Where I will see You, Lord, for the first time… face-to-face. The King of kings and Lord of lords. My Savior, who has already stamped my “passport” with the only stamp that really matters:
No extensive “grilling” by surly border guards. No exhaustive search or high tech x-ray, looking for contraband.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart…” (Job 1:21a)
Only the “Welcome of welcomes” as I finally and truly come Home. To a place I have never been before. A place I will never leave again. A place where only Your best awaits me!
“… our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
There is no way to patrol and secure the entire U.S. / Canadian border. It is 3,987 miles long (not including Alaska), with vast areas of wilderness between its approximately 114 staffed ports of entry.
There is no need to patrol and secure Heaven’s border. There is only one port of entry.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am The Way and The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
And my welcome Home will be anything but uneventful. Surely it will exceed the amazing celebration that occurred the day I opened the door of my heart to You for the very first time!
“Rejoice with Me; I have found My lost sheep. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:6b,7)
Oh, Abba… What a priceless treasure You have promised to all who will receive the Love You so freely give!
I can hardly wait!!! 🙂