Earlier that week she was nearly verklempt with anticipation. Counting days and maybe minutes. It didn’t help that her enormous, life-consuming homework project was turned in Wednesday morning and all she had left to do was wait. Oh, the ache. And when Jeff finally returned, oh the joy! The tree of life in a longing fulfilled.
|Jeff and Emma on their wedding day last year, when all this happiness got started.|
A few days before he came home, Emma shared with me that this longing helped her understand the longing we must all have for Jesus’ soon return.The temporary separation from a spouse is an experience few of us care to endure. Only my brave friends who married into the military can really understand this. But then, we are all separated from Jesus in a similar way. And this separation is intended to nurture a longing in our souls. Instead of the complacent comfort we so often abide in, the Christian life is intended to be full of ache, full of a hope for something better, for Jesus Himself. As we get to know Jesus more, we can no longer be satisfied with a steady paycheck, and the next rite of passage in the American dream. In His goodness, Jesus ruins everything. And little by little our hearts align with the cries of heaven in Revelation 22: “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘[Jesus], come’.”