As a freshman in high school, I looked at the seniors on their graduation day with such envy, feeling as if that day would never come for me.
Likewise, as a young engaged woman, I thought surely my wedding day would never get here.
Later, as a mother in labor, after long hours of unbearable pain, I began to wonder if I could endure to the end.
However, eventually each eager expectation was realized.
Even so, I can’t come near to comparing those milestones to the greatest one I’ve yet to experience.
Some of our earliest memories are of hearing about a faraway place called heaven that seems more like a fantasy than reality. Then, as we mature in our relationship with our Savior, we accept the reality of this beautiful eternity, but still can’t shake the surrealness of it all.
We wonder if we will actually, one day, stand before the One Who loved us so much that He died for our sins – and experience what it really means to be adopted into His family (as described in this week’s verses).
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:22-23 NIV 1984).
Just as we often think the much-anticipated days marked on our calendars will never come, the day we actively enjoy our enhanced Father-child relationship will also come.
Indeed, the years we spend studying in school, waiting faithfully to become someone’s husband or wife – or when the pains of childbirth seem endless – it’s easy to think that the end results are too far away and not worthy of the pain, frustrations and disappointments.
But it is – every time, especially as we wait eagerly for our adoption to be completed! With our new glorified bodies, we will enjoy everything our Father has planned for us, for all eternity.
And that will truly be a “different day!”
What about you?
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- What was the most anticipated event in your life that you felt would never arrive?
- Reflecting on the emotions you experienced waiting for that special day (or achievement to be completed), can you relate those same feelings to your anticipation of heaven?