Last weekend I attended my 30th high school reunion. I know what some of you are thinking. That’s what my husband thought and refused to go with me. But I had a blast. In fact, everyone that came had a great time.
The weekend began last Thursday with an eight-hour drive back to my home town. With my freshly colored hair and my brightly painted nails, I headed east on I-20. For the first couple of hours I blared rock-n-roll hits from the seventies, while singing and dancing along. Well, I danced as well as I could from behind the steering wheel. The Guess Who, Carly Simon, Foreigner, WAR, and Seals & Crofts were all part of the repertoire. For some reason, Bread was not on my three CD set from Sam’s.
After spending Thursday night at my parent’s house, the reunion officially began during lunch on Friday with Margaret and Tammie, two reunion co-planners. For the next two days I did a lot of talking, listening, laughing, and hugging. We reminisced about old times, giggled over photos and yearbooks, caught up on each other’s lives, and debated who had more gray hair – or the least hair. And we took pictures, lots of pictures.
On Saturday night we exchanged phone numbers and email addresses and promised to keep in touch. The reunion was only temporary, a brief blip on life’s time line. On Sunday we all had to return to the present, back to our families and jobs and middle-aged lives. Sure, we may have another reunion in five or ten years, but until then, we who were inseparable thirty years ago will be separated.
There’s another reunion coming. But it isn’t for the Shreve Christian School class of 1979. No, it’s much greater and much more permanent than that. It’s for the people of God, those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 5:8
Are you ready for the last and greatest reunion? When Jesus returns, just as He promised, He will separate those who know Him from those who do not (Matthew 25:31-34). Those who belong to Him will be ushered into the Father’s inheritance, the kingdom prepared for us before the creation of the world. And there we will spend all eternity with our holy God and Savior and our precious brothers and sisters in Christ. Ah, come quickly Lord Jesus!