The stray dog Baby loves to greet her momma when I arrive at home. It doesn’t matter how long I have been gone. I am always greeted with such excitement! In fact, she wiggles her whole hind side, wagging her tail so enthusiastically that I often think that she is going to wiggle her tush right off! She will leap from couch to couch if I do not stop and give her enough attention. Her response to seeing me is sheer joy. (This is not always the case with my seventeen year old daughter. Those of you who have teenagers definitely understand where I am coming from here.)
As I watched Baby wiggle and carry on yesterday, I realized that I will have a homecoming with my Father in heaven some day and He will greet me with sheer joy. I wonder if I might be the one behaving like Baby in this Homecoming though. Maybe I will leap and wiggle with the excitement of His glory!
And, consider this, it doesn’t matter how much distance and sin we put between us and Him. He never moves, changes His mind, nor pushes us away. In fact, He waits for us to turn back around and run to Him for forgiveness, understanding, comfort and yes, joy! Whose hind side is wiggling now?
Live today with the full understanding that you are on a journey home! And your homecoming, thanks to Jesus, will be met with eternal joy, peace and love! And maybe even a wiggle or two!
If you return to the Lord , then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.” 2 Chronicles 30:9 NIV