Are We There Yet?

Often before starting out on a journey, we make plans on how to get there; what we will need for the journey? what will the weather be like? and most importantly, what is the best route to get there?  These days this last task is much simpler with the invention of GPS devices and Internet sites such as Mapquest, but there was a time that you would have reached for the most recent edition of a Rand McNalley Road Atlas.

This task was full of adventure and frustration for some.  We would see several options available for our travels, but try to pick the fastest, shortest route involving the most modern roadways such as interstates.  Some might actually do quite the opposite and choose the more scenic route.  Either way, the goal was to reach our destination.  Sometimes, though, our journey would involve a detour or perhaps between the driver and the navigator, an exit was overlooked or a turn was missed due to poor signage or human error.  Ah, the joys of travels. 

One thing remains constant in the midst of all these examples: the search continued until our destination had been reached.  After all, why continue to search once you’ve arrived.  We would be insane to keep looking for something we’ve already found.  Here is where the problem begins.  What if where you are is not really where you need to be or wanted to go? 

In life we are in pursuit of a purpose. Why are we here? Who put us here? How can my life most fulfill its original purpose? How do I get to the ultimate destination?  These questions require many answers and a faith in the answers that come.  Thankfully, we have been given a book, an instruction manual, or in this case, a roadmap.  Unfortunately, though, this book is worthless if you don’t have faith in its validity and author.  The book I’m referring to is the Bible and the author is God. 

Many people are spending lots of time and energy traveling, but where are they going?  A life without God, the creator of the universe, is useless, but until someone realizes this, they rarely begin their journey or ever quit traveling, because there is no goal.  Oh, there is a goal.  Their creator is wanting them to look for Him and set their goal on Heaven.   Several people have found God, but have ended their journey there.  They think they have reached their destination and no longer feel their need to keep searching.  What they don’t realize is that while we remain on this Earth, we need to keep searching for our destination, Heaven.  God is our travelling companion and guide if we allow Him to be.

Some people even claim to know how to get to Heaven, but what if they are wrong? They have become lazy in their searching and are spending their days giving out directions instead of making sure their information is correct.  As with any journey, it always seems easier in our plans than in our actual execution of the steps.  Things look different in person than they do on paper.  This is true for the Bible as well.  Reading the Bible is one thing, living it is another.  Just like the old saying, easier said than done.  I’m not saying that living according to the scriptures is difficult, but experiencing something is always different from reading about it.

Until we die, our journey and our searching for the correct paths cannot end.  We must be diligent about making sure that we have not been led astray or distracted from our travels by the world around us.  This is the most important journey we will ever take and it’s important that we get to Heaven.  There is no substitute or alternate location that would be just as nice to visit.  I’m not looking for just some nice place to visit, I’m headed towards my new home, Heaven. 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.   (Revelation 22:5)

In Heaven we will feel no more pain.  We will be given a new body and become perfect.  No more night, no more tears, no more sadness, no more sickness, no more crime: these are just a few of the benefits of our new residence.  I don’t know about you, but there is no vacation spot that can compare what Heaven has to offer.  I can’t afford to go on many vacations here in this life, but I can’t afford missing the opportunity of living in Heaven for eternity. Such a matter of existence does not leave room for error or half-heartedness.  I have to dot my i’s and cross my t’s.  I can’t trust just anyone with my soul.  It is necessary to read and study the Bible for myself.  Above all else I need to talk to my Guide and ask for directions.  It’s of ultimate importance to check and double-check every step of the way and make the necessary adjustments when I discover that I’ve made an error.

In this life, travel plays such a huge role in allowing us to enjoy this world we live in, giving us a temporary break from the stress and pains we experience in our everyday existence.  Whether plans are made in advance or not, the journey requires time and effort on our part and when it’s all said and done, we still have to return to our daily lives and whatever that entails, good or bad. There is coming a day when we will all reach our eternal destination, whether we’ve made plans or not.  When dealing with something as important as eternity, we should at least have a choice in the matter.  Once we have chosen the desired destination, then every effort should be poured into making that happen. 

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”  Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:37-39)

I feel like Traveling On

My Heav’nly Home Is Bright And Fair,
I Feel Like Traveling On,
No Pain, Nor Death Can Enter There,
I Feel Like Traveling On.

Chorus:
Yes, I Feel Like Traveling On,
I Feel Like Traveling On;
My Heavenly Home Is Bright And Fair,
I Feel Like Traveling On.

It’s Glittering Towers The Sun Outshine,
I Feel Like Traveling On.
That Heavenly Mansion Shall Be Mine,
I Feel Like Traveling On.

The Lord Has Been So Good To Me,
I Feel Like Traveling On.
Un-til That Blessed Home I See,
I Feel Like Traveling On.

-James David Vaughn

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