This is my story, this is my song praising my Savior all the day long are just a few of the lyrics to that great hymn Blessed Assurance. I find myself thinking about this more and more. I can’t wait until I don’t have to worry about how long a meeting or Zoom call is or how much longer I have to wait on hold to talk to someone. Heaven doesn’t have any need for clocks. I am longing for that place. Can there really be too much worship? Can songs really be too long in heaven? Just curious to know what you think?
My last post was about what I’m learning in this season so I thought I would continue with how I’m living as well. Like some of you, I’m at home all day, working, cleaning house, doing laundry and cooking my meals. Honestly I’m enjoying this unexpected change in life. I’m slowing down and not feeling the rush so much. There’s no traffic therefore no rush hours. I have plenty of time. There’s no running to the office to make those back to back meetings and conference calls. I only have one meeting I’m committing myself to daily which is a prayer meeting with God first thing in the morning. I’m able to exercise my faith and my body. I’m enjoying the natural light beaming through my windows as I begin to work on using the equipment sitting in the corner of what I’ll call my “home gym.” I’m developing a quick 10 minute work out routine with my balance ball, dumbbells and resistance bands. I’m trying to build up to 30 minutes a day and incorporate my stepper that’s currently being used as a mini bookshelf. Speaking of books, I’m reading a little more too. I’m finding ways to get a chapter or two read of all those books I purchased. I’m literally breathing in fresh words of encouragement, hope and confidence. I’m making room for God to speak to my heart. I’m checking on family members, church members and friends. There’s still plenty of phone calls, text and e-mail to answer as we stay connected to each other. I am shifting, not shaking in fear due to this corona virus. How we do things has changed. How we worship, shop, eat out, visit stores, communicate among friends, display human touch and even noticing how we wash our hands has all changed. I’m prioritizing and restructuring my life during these changing times. I’m cherishing each moment I have to spend time with God and honor Him in my daily living at home. I’m listening to God’s soundtrack. God has removed some major distractions in my life so I can be still and pray. My earthly, temporary home is comfortable now and I am comfortable sheltering in it. My heavenly home awaits and it is a place I can only imagine how safe it is and what it really means to stay at home. Let me know how you’re living during this pandemic and what you’re up to. I’d love to hear from you!
Recently I spent time away at a lovely resort. The grounds were perfectly landscaped, lots of cars were being valet parked by attendants, people were relaxing and playing golf, taking dips in the various pools, enjoying spa treatments and casually strolling through the shops in the plaza. I could tell it was a very nice place to relax and I imagined many would think of this place as heaven. I sat still and thought about heaven as I listened to the birds singing and felt the breeze blowing through my room’s windows. Heaven is not a resort I thought. While the property was beautiful, large and well kept, it was not heaven. There are no resort fees in heaven, no taxes and no self or valet parking options. This resort did not even compare to heaven. While I enjoyed the amenities and took time to relax, I think heaven is a much better place than any resort I could get away to. I look forward to going to heaven to jump in a pool of praise and adoration to the King of King’s and Lord of Lords. It’s what I live for. Don’t you want to go?