Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Just saying the word anticipation has an air of excitement around it.

My husband and I just went away for the weekend. I anticipated that weekend for several weeks. I thought about it and planned for it. We went to Cherokee, NC so I was familiar with what the area offered. If it was someplace I hadn’t been to before I would look up information on the area and search out things we could do or see.

The motel we stayed at didn’t have a microwave or kitchen just a small frig and coffee pot (the most important item). I made sure to pack my Half & Half so I could function first thing in the morning. We had bagels and peanut butter available for snack time or breakfast so we didn’t have to eat out all the time. A few sodas in the mini-frig and we were good to go.

I packed our clothes the day before. Some short sleeved shirts some long sleeved shirts. Jeans and shorts, you never know what the weather will be like. I made sure we both had our church clothes packed. A few magazines to look at, a book to read and some hand sewing. A book on local attractions and waterfalls was in the mix if we felt energetic.

That morning when we were to leave, I got up and fixed us a nice breakfast while my husband packed the car. Then we were off. A lot of planning went into just a 3 day weekend away. Only three days and it took a couple of weeks to make sure everything went well.

It made me stop and think about the anticipation I should have about going to Heaven. How much time am I spending preparing for eternity?

Revelation 7:16
16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;
This verse is very comforting. In so many ways preparing for Heaven is easier than preparing for a vacation. I won’t have to worry about what to take with me. No clothes to pack. No concern for what or where we will eat. Everything will be provided for me. All activities will be planned. Sounds like my type of vacation.

Only this is not a vacation – this is ETERNITY and I can’t just show up without doing my part in the planning process. The Bible tells me what I have to do to prepare for Heaven. It doesn’t cost any money, just a commitment from me to obey God and His laws.

 How about you, are you planning a vacation? How about planning  eternity in Heaven?