right back

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18, NIV)

Today’s verse is special to me. It is a verse our family held on to during the process leading up to Mia’s adoption, reminding us of God’s promised family. It also developed a renewed sense of relevancy for us a couple weeks ago.

Tiffany was away for a few days helping her family. Though Mia had Ethan and me there to care for her, we weren’t mama. When Tiffany got home, Mia greeted her with delight. That delight lasted a little while before it turned to something akin to despair. Mia buried her head in Tiffany’s shoulder and cried, “right back” over and over again. To the best of our knowledge, she was trying to say, “I thought you’d be right back.”

When Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection, the disciples believed he would be right back. They grew more and more concerned with every passing day, month, and year. Still, Jesus’ promise that He would not leave them as orphans, and that He would return, rings true…even today. He sent the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct us in our daily lives, as well as each other for support and accountability. Creation longs for Christ’s return, but until then, we can rest assured that He will be right back. It might not be on our timetable, but God’s timing is always perfect.

Are you struggling waiting for Jesus? Know that God gives you the assurance that He will return, and His family to support you until He does. Don’t give up, because Jesus promised He would be right back, and until He does, you have a family in the Church to love on you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for promising to be with me. Forgive me for the times I get desperate and anxious while I wait on your return. I know you’ll be back when the time is right, but in the meantime, help me to lean on your family, the Church. I pray this in your holy name. Amen.