Borrowed Truths

The Final Vacation

the final vacation
Borrowed Truths

The Final Vacation

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The riches of the knowledge of His mercy and grace towards us, of being loved beyond all measure today and forever more, in that we are watched over, protected, led, and taken care of. The prodigal son did not believe this to be enough.

Do you?

How far do you want to travel, how many experiences do you want to entertain, how much of this life do you believe you are missing out on, what would fulfill greater that word “abundantly” for you? What is it that you feel would make your life more worth living? That is the ultimate question, and for many it is the pursuit of life and the enjoyment of it that matters.

Those thin boxes that most people carry around today are how they believe they can escape the reality of this truth, simply turn it on and you can, at least in your mind, travel anywhere and experience nearly everything. A subtle and very deceptive trap they are. Images on a screen are no replacement for reality, but that is the plan of our adversary, those that want can have that more abundant life, but not in a personal experience. And so, they remain satisfied, but never content, or else they would stop looking and start doing.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)

That peace is, in a very large part, the fulfillment of the abundant life, peace in the knowledge that we are accepted in the Beloved, but we are a people who search for more, until that peace is interrupted, we become callous towards it, and that is when we become susceptible to the wiles of our adversary. Ask any good woman who tends the home all day what it is like to rarely if ever go further than a few miles from her home. How long before that place of peace and security begins to feel like a prison?

The more abundant life has nothing to do with experiencing that which we are told to hate, the world, but that is the weapon that Satan will use against us. No excitement in one’s life is a breeding ground for the desire of excitement, the continuous repetition of a peaceful life will soon turn to feelings of despising if we do not see it for what it is.

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1st John 2:19)

The prodigal son learned his lesson the hard way, and returned of his own free will, some the Shephard of our souls needs to go out and find, others trade that abundant life for the season of the pleasures of self, for they have not learned to possess their souls in patience.

My beautiful wife and I were blessed in the past to be able to take many wonderful vacations together, not so any longer, the world has changed. We now wait to take our final trip, that to our heavenly home, when these frustrations with the world, those temporary enjoyments, the sometimes monotonous, repetitive actions of daily life will be exchanged for pleasures forevermore.

It’s not easy being away from our eternal home sometimes, living this life with the full knowledge of what awaits us, longing to be in the presence of the Lord, in the presence of the fulness of joy. We could quite easily become in a sense prodigal sons, going out into the world to seek those enjoyments, those temporary pleasures.

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” (Titus 2:13)

Patience, my friends, we will go home soon enough.

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