On Vacation

Random Ramblings from the Resident Raptor

Insight from the Journey across the Sky

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. Heb 4:9 (NKJV)

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Closed for vacation, not here, gone, will be back in two weeks. Oh yes vacation time is upon us once again. A time to get away and recharge our batteries, to rest and relax in the  great outdoors. A time to do what we want without the time pressures of an everyday work schedule. Whether it’s to the mountains, down to the shore, or to visit with family or friends in another part of the country, or even traveling abroad. Time away is a time many look forward to all year long.

Looking forward to getting away. Having a place to escape to, somewhere to go. All these terms describe that long awaited for vacation time. As much as I love a vacation, there is one thing I always find wanting in the end. The very fact that the vacation has to end and I must return to the normal everyday work world. I guess that is why some people look forward to retirement, the much sought after permanent vacation, where you have really nothing pressing to do and you have all day to do it. In fact take as much time as you like because there is always tomorrow.

I am not sure if I would like a permanent vacation or not. I really do enjoy working and being productive. Being forced to retire, or worse yet, forced into early retirement through a lay off or plant closure is even worse. It is good to know though that no matter where you go away to, you always have a place to come home to.

Some people even have one or two vacation homes. A winter home and a summer home. One place they go for the cold winter months and another they live in during the warmer months of the year. In our church we have many of these “snowbirds” who travel south for the winter only to come back in the spring.

1 For we are conscious that if this our tent of flesh is taken down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in heaven. 2 Cor 5:1 (BBE)

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. Heb 11:13-16 (NKJV)

All of us who call on the name of the Lord have a home away from home as well. We have a mansion prepared especially for us. This vacation home resides where streets are paved with gold and in the midst of the city lies a crystal sea. The city has huge gates made of pearl and walls are like jasper. One could call it the emerald city.

Dorothy and her  gang wanted to go to the emerald city to find a way to get back home after being lifted from Kansas in a whirlwind. We on the other hand desire to get to the emerald city by a whirlwind and stay there. Those who enter into that city will not desire to return to their temporary homes for they will finally be at HOME.

There is nothing like home, Dorothy cried, There is no place like home the Christian echoes. We will finally be home when we walk through those gates of pearl and get to visit with all the Saints of old. Now that is a vacation home I am longing for. And when the time comes to finally put to rest all the work and labor here on earth, when that final trumpet calls the end of the work day for me. Look for the sign in my window saying, he’s not here for he has gone on a permanent vacation.

The Lord will come from heaven with a command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet {call} of God. First, the dead who believed in Christ will come back to life. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive will be taken in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. In this way we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thess 4:16-17 (GW)

Bon voyage!

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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