"He who is not with Me is against Me"
I went to an amusement park a few weeks ago. Even though I didn't particularly want to.
It's not that I don't like amusement parks, it's just that they're not really in our budget right now. We were able to get a great deal on admission, through a relative who works there, but there's still food and parking to pay for. Which is not cheap.
Not to mention, it's exhausting. It's twelve hours ~ give or take ~ of being on your feet, only sitting down when you eat. Walking, running, and a whole lot of standing.
So all-in-all, I'm just as happy to hang out at home. I can entertain myself by reading or watching TV. I can study, I can get things accomplished, and I can eat for free. Or very little.
But I went. And of course I had a great time. But the reason I went wasn't about the place. I went because my family was going. My sisters were in town with their families, and everyone ~ including my own kids ~ was going. And I wanted to be with them.
See, it wasn't about the where; it was about the who.
This is how we ought to feel about being with Jesus. When I was a new mom, with a routine (and a sleep schedule) that had gone *kerblooey*, someone said to me that while it may be hard, "Do whatever it takes to be with Jesus."
I love that truth. I would rather be in the boat, in the storm, if that's where Jesus us, than safe on the shore. 'Cause on the shore is not as safe as I think it is, if Jesus is in the boat.
At the cross, or in Paradise. We need to choose to be with Him.
~ "Assuredly, I say to you,
today you will be with Me in Paradise." ~