“A few years ago,” Stan began, “my wife and I were in Asheville, North Carolina, for a ministry conference.”
“Good time?” I asked.
“It was,” Stan replied. “And while we were there, we spent some time at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, where the author had grown up. One of his novels, which was published after his death, is You Can’t Go Home Again.”
“That’s interesting” I replied, “but why do you mention it?”
“I was reminded of it in something I read in Matthew’s gospel the other day. Something that is written that I have wondered about.”
“What’s that?” I responded.
“There is the account of how Jesus healed a man who was paralyzed. It caused quite a stir with some of the Jewish leaders, but it is what the man who was healed did that caused me to stop and think.”
“What did he do?” I asked.
“It says he picked up his bed and went home,” Stan replied. “And what I wonder is if that is what I would have done if it would have been me. Also, I wonder what the fellow did when he got home. What would I have done?”
Continuing, Stan said, “I like to think I would have spent the rest of my life proclaiming Christ and being a devoted disciple, but I wonder if I would have been just like that man who went home after an amazing encounter with Jesus.”
“Because of Christ Jesus, I have been given life eternally with God when my time here is done. As well, I have been given the opportunity to know God while I am on this side of eternity. After all of that, am I just going to go home and sit, waiting to step into eternity? I pray not!”
And he rose, and went to his home. Matthew 9:7
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you have a place for me in your home when it is time for me to be done here. And thank you for your provision of a dwelling on this side of eternity that I can call home. You have gifted me with life eternally with you in heaven when it is time, and you have gifted me with eternal life in knowing you on this side of eternity. Please help me in not wanting to just stay in my home and not proclaim all you are and all you have available for each person who will accept your free gifts. Lord, lead me, and help me to follow you wherever you want to lead me out of the comfort of my earthly home. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.