“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you” 1 Peter 1:3-4
When Karen taught at St. Christopher’s School, she worked with children struggling with neurological disorders. Nyal, a boy with cerebral palsy, was one of her students in the preschool department. At the beginning of his first school year he was dreadfully unhappy with the realization that he was now separated from the cosseted and loving environment of his home. He would cry unremittingly, for two to three hours, and when he finally stopped crying he would constantly ask, “When is it home time? When is it home time?” To which Karen would reply, “After storytime.”
The fact that storytime preceded home time eventually penetrated Nyal’s consciousness. His continuous crying stopped and was replaced, from nine in the morning until twelve noon, with the incessant question, “When is it storytime? When is it storytime?”
Weeks later Nyal’s questioning had abated and Karen was asking the children what they liked best about their school. She received all the usual responses from the children until she came to Nyal. When Nyal was asked the question, he responded, “When my Dad comes to get me!” Karen was not deterred. Following up with another question she asked, “Well, what is the second thing you like about our school?” To which Nyal responded in all seriousness, “When my mom comes to get me!”
Nyal was focused on home and fixated on his Dad. Likewise we should be focused on our heavenly home and fixated on our heavenly Father. For we “do not belong to the world,” we have been “chosen … out of the world” and will one day “receive the promised eternal inheritance” that “can never perish, spoil or fade” John 15:19; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4.
Yes, this world is only a passing season, in much the same way as school will be for Nyal, and when the bell rings we’ll get to go home and be with our Father. So live each day with eternity in mind. And feel free to think about your heavenly home and look forward to being with your heavenly Father.