“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors!” Mark 13:28-29
The other day I was driving to the home of a friend whom I had not gone to see for more than ten years and before that visit I had not been to their home for about the same length of time. But here’s the thing, at one time, during my early to mid twenties, I had traveled that route frequently. So I was very familiar with the route.
At first, as I made the once familiar trip, everything was as I remembered it but about half way through the drive my memory of the way began to be less specific and I began to feel that I must have missed my turn. But then I saw a familiar name on a road sign and my confidence returned.
As I got to a point where I knew I was nearly to my destination nothing looked familiar and it wasn’t because I was having a hard time remembering my friends neighborhood. It was because my friends neighborhood had completely changed. Where there had once been houses or fields there were strip malls and new high end housing developments. But I knew that I was one the right street all I needed was to remember what my friends house looked like. And suddenly there it was. The confusion was over. I was home.
Friends, when it comes to charting our course through life as we make our journey toward heaven it’s easy to be confused. We don’t have the advantage of a personal experience with the road ahead but we do have some very good descriptions of some of the landmarks we’ll encounter along the way.
What kept me from getting lost on my way to my friends home was knowing the landmarks. What will keep us confident on this often confusing road to heaven is growing our knowledge of the land marks as they’re described by Jesus in the scriptures. Study Matthew 24 and Mark 13. Study the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Chances are the life’s road will look different than you thought it would look. But the more familiar you are with the route Jesus has described the more confident you’ll be that you’re on the right track.