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Joy In The Camp

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A few weeks back, my husband went on a trip to a 3-day men’s conference with some other men from our area. This is the first time in over a year that he’s been away from me and our sons overnight. I can’t begin to describe how much I look forward to 5:45pm when my hubby pulls up in the driveway after work and then comes in! It’s the most exciting part of our day, everyday! I was not looking forward to him being gone, but I was so excited that he was able to go and be a part of this conference!

We talked every day, multiple times throughout the day. He was having a wonderful time and gaining so much from the conference; and we were also having a good time at home. We missed him, but it was alright-our days continued as normal, our nighttime routine was still the same, and we knew Dad would be home soon.

When the morning rolled around on the day Lance was to return home, there was such a different atmosphere in our home. I mean, from the moment I woke up, there was such excitement. As the boys each woke up, they also added their excitement to mine. I knew I had a lot of cleaning to do before that afternoon when Lance would arrive home so I turned on some praise and worship music, and got to working.

Before 9:00am, I had knocked out a lot of my work. I turned up the music even louder and danced and sang praises with my boys! Immediately, I was hit with such conviction. I had clearly been mourning Lance being away, and since I knew he was returning soon, I was filled with such joy and excitement, but it was in that moment that God prodded my heart and asked, “Do you anticipate my return with such joy and excitement?”

I was so overwhelmed in that moment. To be completely honest, I don’t think of Jesus’ return much. I tend to stay more focussed on loving those around me and trying to encourage them in their walk, however, I don’t put much emphasis on the return of our King. But in that moment, God reminded me of how my past 3 days without my husband was similar to living my life for Christ: I spend my days in constant communication with Him through prayer, but I should have so much joy and excitement in anticipating His return.

What if it was today? Would I go about my day as I normally do if I knew my King would be returning today? No way! Just like I spent my morning cleaning and preparing for my husband’s return with excitement, I would spend my day excitedly preparing for Jesus’ return! But isn’t that what we’ve already been told to do?

Matthew 24:42-43 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

Since that day, I’ve been more purposeful about thinking on our Lord’s return. There is such joy in our camp when we think and prepare daily for the return of our Savior, and I don’t want to be caught off-guard when that day does come! So what about you? Do you think about the return of our King, and how does this affect the way you live out your day?