The other evening, we attended a get-together of current and former colleagues. At first, I didn’t recognize the lady just ahead of me in line, but when she turned to face me, her name popped into my mind and I remembered a time many years ago when she had blessed me.
By the time I get home from a few months away, two of my very good friends will have moved away. I live in a situation where people come and go fairly frequently. By the time I have finally overcome my introvert tendencies and forged a true friendship, often someone’s moving away. But others have stayed around for a few decades.
And then I visit friends I haven’t seen for years and we just take up where we left off. Isn’t God’s family wonderful? I can attest to the truth of this promise of Jesus:
Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29
As a citizen of heaven, I know that these precious friendships extend beyond this earth. In eternity, we’ll have infinite time to sit down and catch up.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!