Posted by: macahajo | February 1, 2015

evening strolls

Mark and I were talking last night about one of our favorite vacation spots: Door County, Wisconsin. small towns… hiking at Peninsula State Park…walking to get ice-cream at Wilson’s after dinner… holding hands on a park bench…looking out at the water as the sun sets… enjoying a warm summer evening together. Ahhh. It got me thinking about how life sure is different here! There have been some nights lately, when the weather has felt like a beautiful summer night in Chicago, (when it’s warm and comfortable, not hot and sticky!) and I’ve thought, What a nice evening it would be for a walk! But we don’t take evening strolls here. Just before we arrived in Cameroon, leadership strongly encouraged expatriates not to walk outside after dark, in response to an assault and mugging of an expatriate missionary. So, we’ve followed this guideline for our family’s safety. It’s not that we don’t ever go out at night. We go out sometimes in the evening… maybe to a restaurant or to a friend’s home or to a school function.  But, we go usually go straight there, and then we come straight home. We keep our windows rolled up. We don’t stop at the store on the way home for milk! I’ve been content with this aspect of our life here. It’s just what we do and it’s fine. But, when I started day-dreaming about taking walks in the evening like we use to do, whether in Chicago, Port Washington, or Door County (or so many other places we’ve been and lived) and not being able to now…. it made me feel a little trapped. And it made me long for home, my home in the States, a little bit; those places where we can freely go out, and not be so concerned about our safety. Then this all got me thinking about Heaven. And as I read about Heaven, it made me look forward to my future home there. In Revelation 21, there is a lot of talk about what Heaven will be like. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…. (verse 4) These are descriptions that come to my mind right away when I think about Heaven.  But, verse 25 tells us something that really stood out to me,  On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there… Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful. We always lock our gate.  We have razor wire on our walls. We don’t take evening strolls. But, in Heaven! The gate is never shut… there is no need for a lock. Heaven is secure. Heaven is safe. There is no corruption. There are no men who do evil.  Praise the Lord!   Slide1 In Christ,  Cathy Lynn


Responses

  1. Excellent perspective on life. I hope this comforts you. Gladness and I feel something like that when we think of our time in Cameroon compared to our life now in America. The thing we
    miss most is impromptu visits with friends and just stopping over and visiting without appointment. And as you rightly put it, everything we miss here will be more than made up for in heave and even what we enjoy here on earth we will receive a purified perfect version of it in heaven. Thank God there is a heaven for us to look forward to. Thank God that is what comforts you guys. It is the comfort of every true child of the king.

    Praying things may get better quick so you can begin to enjoy evening walks in Yaounde.

  2. Thanks for your encouraging words, Pastor Eric, and reminding me about how much more amazing in Heaven things will be that we already enjoy here! That’s so true!
    And I liked to hear what you miss about life in Cameroon. We have been blessed by the hospitality of several Cameroonians, and we have learned how they value their time with people.
    Blessings!


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