I was vacationing in Cleveland last week. Normally, when we go into Cleveland it’s for a specific event or activity. We come into town, do what we came for, try to squeeze in all our family members, then jet out of town to get home. This time, however, we were intentional about doing the stuff we don’t normally get to do.
There was a trip to Columbus to visit Jaime’s brother. We met up with two different sets of friends at beaches in Port Clinton and Huron. The kids enjoyed a wagon ride to feed animals at a farm in Amish country. Fireworks, playgrounds, cookouts and more were all a part of this trip.
Sooner or later, it’s time to go home. We always have a flexible departure plan because you never know for certain when that “go home” time will come. If you’ve traveled with small children, maybe you have experienced this phenomenon: kids fall farther and farther behind on sleep during vacation, resulting in worse and worse behavior.
By Wednesday, we were starting to see the signs of the end. The kids were less resilient and struggled to make “good choices” as often as they usually do. Jaime and I weren’t sleeping well because Piper wasn’t sleeping well, so we were both more and more tired. We knew it was time.
And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Luke 21:29-31
There will be signs that mark the coming of the end of the world. Some things that will happen are clear and certain, but much of it is a mystery to us. However, this we do know: Jesus will return and we will be united with Him in heaven.