“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7
I can remember bursting through the door as a boy and seeing mom had spent the day making sure the house was especially clean. The furniture glistened from a fresh coat of Lemon Pledge, the carpet was freshly vacuumed… there were even clean towels in the down stairs bathroom and the water in the toilet was blue.
Someone was coming to visit. Not just anyone, either! “It must be somebody special… and they’re going to stay overnight!” We could tell, we weren’t allowed in the guest bedroom and the smell of fresh Chexmix filled the house.Those were my favorite times.
Exciting times! My brother and I would be so filled with anticipation that waiting at the house would take too long. So we would wait for our guests on the front lawn hours before they were due to arrive. When we couldn’t stand that any longer we would ride our bikes on a recon mission with our walkie-talkies and binoculars. Racing from one entrance of our sub-division to the other, our hearts tingling and ready to burst with anticipation. Each trying to be the first to spot visiting friends or relatives.
I suspect that’s what it must be like in heaven as another lost child comes home. Angels fluttering to and fro with excitement as they see long lost souls coming home.
And I can still hear the rush of angel wings for my home coming. Listen carefully and you can hear the celebration for you, too.