Last week our family – the four kids still at home – packed up and got ready for a fun-filled week in sunny Florida. We were excited about all of it except for the 16 hour drive.
Our oldest (no at home), Eli, is a junior at Anderson University but is participating in an 8-month college internship with Disney World in Orlando.
Yes – it is a real internship and he is taking classes on-line to keep his hard-earned scholarships.
No – I did not take time away from our family vacation to write this last week’s blogs. I did them ahead of time and just kept up with comments.
Yes – it is a tough gig to get off work and run free around Disney World; but someone has to do it so it might as well be Eli.
No – we cannot adopt you and pass along family discounts. But we’ll put you on the waiting list with others who have asked.
Getting ready for a week-long trip is very different now that the kids are older and able to pack for themselves. The last time we visited Disney World was 13 years ago before Brynden was born and we were chased out of Florida by a hurricane.
Packing for a trip gets easier the more you do it. Knowing when you’re leaving allows for a comfortable pace of getting things ready.
There are those occasions when trips are made unexpectedly. A sudden illness or tragic accident can mean an urgent departure. And those who serve in the military sometimes have to leave at a moments notice.
But there is one journey we’ll all have to make and for most it will be unexpected.
Are you prepared to enter into eternity? Have you received God’s gift of grace and surrendered to Jesus as Savior and Lord?
And still… even if you are ready for eternity in terms of your relationship with God, are you ready in other ways?
What important matters or conversations are you putting off for another day as if you’re sure you’ll be here for tomorrow?
Family vacations in fun-filled locations are one of life’s most treasured experiences. But nothing in this life compares with the glory that awaits us in God’s presence beyond this life.