“And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive. And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s house, I will go up, and shew (tell) Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;”Genesis 46:29-31
Rebekah and I reunited in December 1997 when I came to Arizona for my friend’s wedding. We had not seen each other in years, but we quickly picked up where we left off and our friendship soon turned into a relationship. I was living in Chicago at the time, and Rebekah was residing just west of Phoenix. The distance between the two places is 1,764 miles, which makes seeing each other financially impossible for those in their early twenties. We started to write each other once a week and then increased to 2-3 times per week. I would go to the mailbox everyday with great anticipation as I longed to hear from my love.
We soon graduated to long distance phone calls and they started on Saturdays only, but quickly moved to Sundays as well. We stuck to this routine for a few weeks until we began to call each other almost daily. We had no cell phones in that day, so our phone bills were well over a hundred dollars each, but it seemed like a penny to me as I so enjoyed talking to her. Things were going so well that Rebekah decided she would come out and see me in Chicago. I was so excited to see her and it seemed as if the day could not come soon enough.
The date she was scheduled to visit me was May 20, 1997. I had that date ingrained in my mind, and I worked out more and more as the date grew closer. I could not wait to see her and before I knew it, the day had come. I did a set of push ups prior to heading for the airport, and I never drove so fast to get there. I went to the gate to meet her, and I could hardly wait for her to come out of the tunnel. Her face lit up when she saw me, and I think my face got browner. I could not believe that this day had finally come, and I felt like I could jump to the moon. I never wanted to let her go, and I cannot describe how good it was to see her face to face.
I’m not exactly sure how Israel and Joseph felt when they saw each other, but I know it was a joyous reunion. I imagine that Joseph had wondered if he would ever see his father alive again, and Israel was in mourning because he thought Joseph was dead. When he saw his son, Israel was content to go to his eternal home as the desires of his heart had been fulfilled. He had been reunited with his long lost son, and all seemed to be right with the world. Although I was so excited to see the love of my life, it will be nothing like the day I am united for all eternity with my Heavenly Father. I am sure there will be tears shed on earth, but there will be only joy when I cross to the other side. Likewise, Israel had much joy when he saw his son, but I can assure it was nothing like the joy he had when he saw the One who had changed his name from Jacob to Israel.
How about you friend? Is your eternal home secure? Do you long to see the One who died for you? Do you look forward to the day when God will call you home to be with Him for all eternity? Are you eyes fastened on this world, or do you live for eternal treasures and rewards? I John 3:2 states, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” May we live like we will see Him today, and may we have the joy of the Lord as the time we will go home draws nearer everyday. I am not sure when my day will come when I see my Savior, but what a day it will be!
Stay in the Fight!
What A Day That Will Be