A missionary couple came home aboard a ship after many years of faithful service in Africa. It so happened that there was a very important diplomat also on the same ship who got special treatment and special attention. When the ship arrived, this couple stood back and watched from the deck as the band played and the people had gathered and there was great applause. As the diplomat walked down the gangplank and was whisked off in a limousine to the sound of applause, this dear saint put his arm around his wife and he walked off with her into the streets of New York.
“Honey,” he said, “it just doesn’t seem right after all of these years that we would have this kind of treatment when we came home, and here this fellow gets that kind of special treatment.”
Then she put her arms around her husband and said to him, “But honey, we’re not home yet.”
Is life tough for your sometimes? Is your road hard to travel? Do others seem to have the gain while you get the pain? Don’t ever forget, you aren’t home yet. There is a celebration waiting. But until your ship comes in, keep trusting. The best is yet to come.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).