The Longing

Airports stir something deep within my heart.

There’s a longing present. A. Deep. Longing. As I’ve contemplated while sitting in lounge chairs, standing in lines, observing people going to and fro, it finally hit me as to why.

Airports draw in people from all nations, all peoples, all faiths, and all languages with the common purpose of going somewhere. And, we are all going somewhere. We’ve been invited to dine with our Papa God. We can sit at His table savoring every morsel of His presence from now and forever. We belong. We have a place marked out for us. We are His. But, not everyone knows this destiny of love.

Oh, and the sounds within airports?!

I am bewildered as I am listening to the cadence of differing languages as it pours, dances, slides and bellows from the mouths of children and adults alike. It turns my heart towards God’s dreams of having the all and every before his throne. And, the longing within grows.

God desires for ALL of His children to be present…not just represented.

I would hate it to have my family just “represented” at a family holiday meal. That means somebody couldn’t or wouldn’t be there. It would sadden me deeply. I would be a wet blanket for the dinner thinking about the child(ren) not there. This is how God feels in a minuscule way to have His children not know of the invitation or not want to come because they misunderstand his heart for them.

That is where WE come in.

“Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:17-20)

WE get to share God’s heart for others introducing people to His incredible heart of love. WE get to make disciples who listen and obey Jesus’ words.

So I suppose the real question is: “Do we really get how much He loves us? And not just us, but every single person around the world? And finally, what are we going to do about it?”

By Lea Groff who is staffing our January Discipleship Training School. You can also read “Sending Your Child Into Missions” by Lea below. Feature photo by Hanson Lu. [/cs_column]


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