This morning I started a new devotional that was put out by Wycliffe Bible Translators. In the devotional, the author depicts a banquet scene. In this scene there is a long table, name cards at each spot. The silverware is polished and the candles are flickering.
The story goes on and you find yourself seated next to people from various countries and you have a very enjoyable conversation. Each person sharing their hopes and dreams.
This reminds me of another story in Luke 14. In this story there is also a banquet. A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the time for the feast came, everyone declined for various reasons. The man then sent his servant out to the streets and had him invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame!
To hear this story in full, check out this video done by Hyatt Moore with Joni & Friends.
Many of you struggle with isolation and feeling like you are included. Friendships become more difficult and some may fade. Social events are harder to attend. and even going to church can be a challenge. Some of you may feel like you are a burden and that while you are invited, you are not really welcome.
The incredible thing is that Luke 14 is not just a story. It illustrates our heavenly father and a banquet that is yet to be. A grand banquet like no other, where those who know Him will gather and rejoice. This is a banquet where our children are not just invited but welcomed with loving arms and there won’t be a critical eye in the room.
In the story from the devotional written by Wycliffe Bible Translators, we are seated by people from different countries. We are rejoicing and celebrating with them.
Have you ever thought about who the first person you would want to talk to would be once you get to heaven? One father I talked with shared how the first person he wants to talk with is his son. He is looking forward to that day when his son, who is currently in his 30’s and nonverbal, can voice all those thoughts that are going through his head and they can get to know each other on whole new level. Can you relate to this?
I write this because sometimes we need a reminder that things in this world will not always be the same and someday those who know Christ as their savior will be in heaven with Him!
Until we get to heaven, on those days you are struggling, remember that the same Father who is preparing a banquet for you in heaven is with you and your child in the day to day. He knows your pain, He knows what is going on, He loves you and wants hear from you.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
~Revelation 21:4 (NLT)
Written by Jonathan McGuire