“The whole object of baseball is to get home safe,” said cartoon character Flo in Sunday’s comic strip (“Flo & Friends: Aging with an Attitude” by Jenny Campbell, January 19, 2014). Her son had asked her if she was looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday. She answered, “Naw…not so much.” In her opinion football was too aggressive and violent. She said, “I’m holding out for baseball season"... where the whole object “is to get home safe.” In the cartoon, “home” meant more to Flo than home plate. At her age she liked the idea of being safely home.
Perhaps the cartoonist was also making a statement about a home after this life on earth ends. Ecclesiastes 12:2 in the Bible speaks about old age and says, “man goes to his eternal home.” This leads to the question, can we be “home safe” in the next life? Jesus said we could.
In John 14:1-6 Jesus promised to prepare a place for those who believe in Him—that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He also promised to receive them unto Himself so that they will be with Him in His Father’s house. Sounds like a pretty safe home, doesn’t it?
Another Bible passage talks about believer’s bodies as their present home, but leaving their body (dying) takes them immediately to the presence of the Lord. “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. …Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:1, 5-8). Those who have the Holy Spirit have the guarantee of being safely home with the Lord after they die.
However, life is not like a baseball game, where we make it to home plate by our own efforts or strength. That’s the wonderful thing about looking forward to a heavenly home. God offers it to everyone as a grace-gift. Those who receive it by believing in Jesus become children of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
Where do children go at day’s end? They go home to their father’s house. Where will you go at the end of your life?
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 ©2014 Jenny Campbell, The Salt Lake Tribune, January 19, 2014.“Flo & Friends” was created by John Gibel and is distributed by Creators Syndicate.