When sitting in a quite spot, and life is not posing a problem, you dream. The mind’s eye dwells on places full of wonder and your heart hopes on things not seen. And if you visit that sacred spot over and over again your dreams become your bucket-list. At least that is how I built mine.
Over and over this place beckoned me, but only placed two things on my bucket-list. Although I am not Jewish, for years the back of my business card read “Next Year Jerusalem.” I love reading the Scriptures and to visit the land of promise was my dream. Last year I was blessed with nearly three amazing weeks. My mind’s eye sees much better now.
I left that quite spot with God’s words written on my heart. And I am filled with hope that someday He will scratch off the last one on my bucket-list. My hope is that others will be saved. Not just saved “as through a fire” that burned up their earthly accomplishments. (1 Corinthians 3:14-16) My hope is that others are saved and do those things God has long ago “prepared for them to do.” (Ephesians 2:9-10) My hope is that our Father is glorified as my brothers and sisters are as filled with faith, as you are with His Spirit.
It matters how we spend this time. There are rewards for faithful servants, the treasures that were saved. Our deeds follow us. It is best that they are the ones that God had prepared.
“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the LORD from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:20-22)
I look around this large house, God’s house, and hope that more of His children would get it. That all would believe, with great faith, that every word of God is true. My hope is that all would discover the wonderful, peaceful, joyful, loving, exciting, challenging and abundant life that we have in Christ.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” (Romans 8:25) My heart’s hopes remain on the list and I am waiting very eagerly.