Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday: A Dose of Heaven?

When a man has found something which he prefers to life, he then for the first time begins to live. 
G.K. Chesterton

I don't want to waste more than a few minutes sitting at the computer today because it's gorgeous outside; the wind is calling and the warm air is beckoning.  There are soccer balls to be kicked and kites to be flown.

But I did want to pass on a few thoughts of thankfulness while my little guy naps.  Several times over the past two weeks I've been impressed by the fact that this world is not my home.  I get so overly attached to my life sometimes and I know my focus is all out of whack.  I've wondered if even my mommy exhaustion is a reminder that my life is transient; my body is inadequate.  Is my fatigue a reminder of my need for help--and yes, even a way to focus on heaven.  

Do we ...grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing? (2 Corinthians 5:2)  

I'm so thankful for the many joys we've experience in the past week:
Sweet Babies born to dear friends
Flip Flops in February
Joyful Jumps on a Trampoline
Superman Footy Pajamas
Slobbery Morning Kisses

Last week we finished reading The Jesus Storybook Bible through for the second time with our kids.   I love the way Sally Lloyd-Jones finishes the story of Revelation, reminding us that the story is not over, that John didn't write "The End" but instead said, "Come quickly, Jesus!"  Her paraphrase of John 1:12-13 is great for little ears (and big ears) as well:

For anyone who says yes to Jesus
For anyone who believes what Jesus said
For anyone who will just reach out to take it
Then God will give them this wonderful gift:
To be born into
A whole new Life
To be who they really are
Who God always made them to be--
Their own true selves--
God's dear
I want to make the most of these moments and these days with my children.  I want to be here now in the midst of their fleeting childhood.  I want to be a part of their memory-making and work hard to love and nurture them.  And I want to keep in mind that when I am tired, it is because this life is not THE END, after all.

I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!  ~C.S. Lewis 

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