When Pastor John was growing up he had an
imaginary friend named Joey.
These are growing up stories told from Joey's point of view!
Grace Kids will sponsor “Family Frisbee Night” this coming Thursday (July 14)
At Grace Park – Bring a sack dinner at 5:30 pm!!
Joey slammed the front door and headed down the sidewalk past David’s house and looked back to make sure that Happy his cocker spaniel wasn’t following.
It had been raining and the slippery sidewalk caused Joey’s new brown shoes to skid, his ankle to turn, and his skinny legs to fly out from under him. His Tom Swift lunchbox flew open on the hard cement and his bologna sandwich, apple, and cookies scattered. But Joey was in too much pain to notice.
His elbow had hit the concrete hard and blood was soaking through the rip in his new shirt. Joey slowly went back home to change – smiling to himself as he went.
Smiling? Yes, smiling. He was thinking about the baseball game he was going to see that night with his Dad and he couldn’t wait for the bright lights, the big stadium, and sitting close to his Dad eating cracker jacks.
Years went by.
Joey had outgrown his nearby elementary school and had flown a big jet all the way across the United States to go to college.
He missed home. He missed his Dad and Mom and sister. And he especially missed Happy his cocker spaniel.
Joey sat on the park bench watching his friends play baseball on that crisp fall day in South Carolina. He looked down at his muddy jeans and skinned knee and thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t slide into second base with my new school clothes on.” He got up slowly and went back to his room to change – smiling to himself as he went.
Smiling? Yes, smiling. Joey knew that Jesus was watching him from heaven just like He watched his family and his faithful dog. And that no matter what happened, they would all be together one day in heaven. Why? Because his family had put their trust in Jesus, that’s why.
He figured that if the Bible could talk so much about horses coming and going from heaven, there had to be dogs and cats and all kinds of animals just like Happy to love forever.
As he walked, Joey was thinking about the heaven he would see one of these days and He couldn’t wait for the bright lights, the big mansions, and sitting close to Jesus with his Dad and Mom and sister and trying to figure out how to keep Happy from eating all his cracker jacks.
Joey knew that Jesus must like horses, especially the white ones in Revelation 19. Joey also knew that there are red ones, white ones, black ones, and dappled ones because Zechariah saw them in Zechariah 6.
And if Jesus likes horses, He must really like cocker spaniels like Happy. And if Jesus had Adam and Eve naming the animals in the garden he may have new ones for us to name in our heavenly home. Dogephants, Tyrannosaurus Chihuahuas, things like that.
And Joey knew that the Bible tells him he won’t have to eat in heaven (Rev. 7:16), but he’ll get to eat in heaven! (Matt. 8:11).
Will there be apple pies like Grandma Brewster used to make? Maybe – for sure Grandma Brewster will be there and she’ll have plenty of time to make those yummy crusts to go along with the fruit of the month coming from the Tree of Life! (Revelation 22:2)
The main thing Joey remembered was to think about what He has to look forward to in heaven. That way the times he feels sad on earth are so much easier to handle.
“Set your mind on things that are above, not things that are on the earth.” – Colossians 3:2
Oh yeah. Joey hasn’t found a verse about cracker jacks in heaven. If anybody finds a verse like that let him know. He’s hopeful…