It was coming soon! They were so excited about it. They could barely wait.-“They” were the students in Mrs. Bass’ fifth grade class at Sumter County Elementary School. The “it” that they were so excited about was an upcoming field trip to Andersonville.
Mrs. Bass’ class had been learning about the writing process and they had invited me to come and explain to them how I go about writing this weekly column. I had a great time with them. I just hope that I didn’t teach them any bad writing habits. (I didn’t tell them the part about how I write best when I have a cold Coke and big carton of Whoppers to get the creative juices flowing!)
After we talked about how I find ideas and choose topics, I asked the students to help me by making lists of interesting things I might write about this week. They produced plenty of great ideas, and I wish I could have used them all. Most of them came from current events in the news then — like presidential debates, gas prices or the baseball playoffs.
The one that caught my attention, however, was an upcoming field trip. That wasn’t something they had seen in the newspaper. It wasn’t what I had suggested. It was better. It popped up on almost everyone’s list. It was on every student’s mind. They couldn’t help but think of that trip.
You know the feeling — that anxious anticipation of some enjoyable event you have planned. Maybe it’s an upcoming vacation trip. Perhaps it’s your retirement. Or a new house, car or job. Whatever it is, we are happiest when we have something good to anticipate.
God gives us something we can always be excited about. At the crux of Christianity is God’s profound promise for the future — a promise of life beyond this one. The fact that Jesus was raised from the dead holds promise that we may look forward to the same destiny, if we belong to him.
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life,” Paul reminded Christians in Rome (Romans 6: 4).
It’s a promise of something amazingly good to which we can look forward.
It’s coming. We should be excited? Are you ready?
Keith Wishum us minister, Williams Road Church of Christ, Americus.