When the pain gets to be too much, I use my imagination and let it wander to a better place. There are many places I go with my imagination, and below is my favorite.
What will it be like when I see Jesus? What thoughts will go through my head when he looks into my eyes? Will I be able to hold his gaze, or will I hang my head in shame? I don’t know. I can use my imagination, but I’m sure it falls far short of being any thing like the reality.
I do know this however. I will cry! My body will shake with great sobs as all the pain of a lifetime is released. The tears will be big ones and my nose will run. I know this to be true because He promised to wipe away my tears and if I don’t cry, there won’t be any tears to wipe away, and He won’t be able to keep his promise.
As I imagine it, I feel Him touch my shoulder, and when I look up his arms are open wide and with no hesitation at all, I throw myself into them. He hugs me tight and holds my head close against His chest. In my right ear, I hear the sweetest sound ever heard, slow and steady:
Thump-bump . . . thump-bump . . . thump-bump . . . thump-bump . . .
He continues to hold me close, and the tears just flow like a river and fall right there, close to my Saviors heart. As the moments pass, my soul finds rest. The sobbing lessens and then stops altogether. He takes my face between his hands and gently turns it up towards his. And for the first time I see my Savior face to face.
“You’re blurry,” I hear myself saying.
“So are you,” He laughs through the tears in His own eyes. Then with those strong, gentle, nail pierced hands, he wipes away my tears and I realize that they will never return. At that moment I feel a joyous thrill to the very depths of my soul.
WOW!!! What exhilaration! What Joy! What Peace! I find my self dancing and jumping just because I feel so light and so happy.
I look back into His sparkling brown eyes and see those lines at the edges that mean laughter is about ready to spill over. He grabs me and hugs me close once more. All Heaven rings with the sound of his laughter. As He holds me close and laughs, I can feel His joy coming from deep within His very heart, and I too began to laugh. “My child, my precious child, do you have any idea how long I’ve waited for this moment?”
We clasp hands and dance together. Round and round we go dancing to the rhythm of the music as the angels start to sing. And what a party we have! And Jesus wipes away everyone’s tears and dances with us all. The music and singing go on and on. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.
I hope you like this place.
If a man would get his life on track, he must first go back to the place where it was derailed.