I went to Tennessee with my Mother the year she celebrated her 50th Reunion from High School. I remember thinking at the time that I could not comprehend being out of high school that long. Well, seems like I took a couple blinks and it was my own 50th High School Reunion that I attended this past weekend. My husband and I drove the 878 mile round trip to be able to attend this milestone event. I had gone from kindergarten all the way through high school with some in attendance, so I was especially looking forward to seeing them. Along with the excitement I must admit was some nervousness in seeing people I had not seen in so many years. As we entered the room for the first night of gatherings my stomach was filled with butterflies. They soon calmed down as I had a chance to actually talk with some of these special people with whom I spent the formative years of my life. I learned things about some of them that I did not have a clue they were facing when we were teenagers. Others I had the fun of hearing what course their lives have been on since we graduated. As I said my last good-byes I was happy that we had decided to attend and headed home with a happy heart as I cherished the joy of the memories made. I may not see some of them again in this life, but I am praying that I will be spending eternity with a great many of them.
Speaking of reunions, Christ followers have a reunion to look forward to one day that will surpass any experience we have shared on earth. As great as it was to see some people very dear to me this past weekend, one day I will have a reunion not only with all the people who have gone before me, but I will have the unfathomable joy of seeing Jesus face to face. I Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
The Reunion in heaven that we have ahead of us will be better than anything we can imagine. I will have no anxious thoughts arriving as I did this past weekend arriving at my High School Reunion. I won’t need to worry about not having time to connect with everyone as I will have all of eternity to share with them.
The 1967 graduating class of Pacific High School received an invitation to our 50th Reunion and we had a deadline to RSVP. The invitation to the Reunion in heaven is open to all, but there is a deadline. We must decide before our last breath if we choose eternity with Jesus. He says in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
The Reunion in heaven is the one I am most looking forward to. How about you?