People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.
~ Marcel Proust
Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.
~ 1 Peter 1:18-19
What I love about Marcel Proust’s quote is it reminded me of Jesus. Who is indeed “traveling abroad” in Heaven and will come back to bring us home.
Some of us grieve for those who are already waiting, but we also carry them with us as we travel this “earthly sod.” When you are discouraged, a scent, or a song, or a phrase will emerge just at the right moment. A bird that was a loved one’s favorite will appear, sometimes all day long, a song will be on the radio no matter where you are…you know. I think that those moments are a quiet encouragement to keep going.
I used to sing in a little Church of God in Commack and we had a drummer named Gene Rutledge who played at just the pace of the drummer in the video. The song is a good reminder of what awaits. Walk forward today, with a little swagger in your step, He is coming back!
Lord, as emotions run high, and events seem to pile one on top of the other, guide our steps. Fill our way with love, fill our mouths with gentility. Fill our feet with dance and our heart with song. Because He lives!
Because of Him,