Mile Marker 42

I am so not dignified. Really. It’s mildly embarrassing how giddy I get when I’m about to see my man. When I arrived home Sunday night after a busy run of travel, I had a smile on my face before I even exited the plane.

My grin broadened as I walked through the terminal and climbed on board the train. Random people smiled back.

My joy grew by increments of warm fuzzies and mild goofiness as the train came to a stop.

I nearly bounded up the escalator before remembering, Come now, Elsa, professional women don’t bound.

Finally. I scanned the crowd. Caught glimpse of that smile. Threw decorum to the wind and bounded into my man’s strong arms and melted against his chest.

Oh, how I love coming home.

That was just the beginning. We gathered the luggage, jumped in the car and headed south. With each mile marker, my sense of expectation grew.

Mile marker 163… getting close.

Mile marker 200. The magic number.

Home!

I walked in the door to puppies jumping, and my girl squealing “Mommy!”

Yes, she’s 19. Yes, she still squeals “Mommy!”

Oh, how I love coming home.

As I lay in bed that night, content and warm, the thought came to mind: I have another home too.

And when I get there, my Savior will meet me at the gate. Broad smile, twinkling eyes, ready embrace. Without decorum, I will bound into his arms and melt into his love.

I’ll turn to see my dad, my nephew, my brother and my grandparents.

I’m at mile marker 42.  Not sure where the exit is, but the sense of expectation is growing.  Some day…. One day…. we’ll all be home. And if I’m goofy giddy at the prospect of my earthly home, I can’t imagine how explosive the joy will be when I bound into the arms of my Savior.

Oh, how I will love coming home.

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7 Responses to Mile Marker 42

  1. Kimberly says:

    Beautiful, Elsa…your words settled deep within my spirit this morning and I thank you for sharing.

  2. Lissa says:

    You make me cry. 🙂

  3. Dennis Blank says:

    That is BEAUTIFUL Elsa! I hope you NEVER lose that passion, the feeling of being giddy for you husband and family… Thank you for sharing it.

    There is NOTHING wrong to have those feelings for your family or to be embarassed showing you how much your family means to you. Sometimes society tells us it is wrong… when really.. it is not.

    I think we sometimes to easily forget the LOVE our heavenly father has for us and the feast that awaits for us when he calls us home. Thanks for reminding us…

  4. Alice says:

    Beautiful, Elsa! A great reminder to appreciate what we have now as we wait for what’s to come.

  5. Becky McCoy says:

    Love this!

  6. Debbi says:

    Joyful encouragement!!

  7. John Mitchell says:

    Oh, to be at mile marker 42 again. … On second thought…. 🙂

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