John 14:2 (Amplified Bible) “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.”
The telephone pole under the streetlight was our Hide and Seek home base, Burt Coley was “It” and I was hiding behind Daddy’s 1956 Buick Century. I knew he would eventually have to move away from home base and start searching for all of us hiding in the shadows of that moonlit summer’s night.
Burt was fast, but I knew that I was faster—all I needed was for him to venture a little farther away from the pole and I would run like the wind. I would streak from the darkness and run toward the light. Even if he caught me, he still had to hold onto me, count to 10 and say, “You’re It.” However, he didn’t stand a chance; I was too fast and in a few seconds, I’d be “Home Free” and rejoicing in the light.
Like a speeding bullet, I shot out from behind the big Buick and headed for home base. Unfortunately my friend, Porky had the same idea and clobbered me from the left side. We both screamed in pain as Burt headed toward us—one of us was going to be “It” and I didn’t want it to be me. However, I only weighted about 75 pounds and Porky topped out at over 150 pounds, so guess who was left sprawled on the ground? I was an easy mark for Burt and Porky made it home free along with the rest of our gang.
That was 55 years ago and I’m still heading for home base; however, it’s not the home base of the light pole. I now press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I’m no longer concerned about the “Porky’s” of life that try to blind-side me, leaving me stunned, discouraged or defeated. I just continue towards the light, and that light is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m no longer fearful of the “Burts of life” trying to hold me back and making me the “It” of my own insecurities–because Jesus has given me all power over the enemy.
I now have a big brother, His name is Jesus, and He’s already run interference for me and He’s standing there encouraging me to run to the light. He has my home base prepared and He’s there waiting for me to come out of the darkness of this world, touch Him and shout “Home Free.”
1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”