“You’re Not Home Yet”





And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)

I read this story many years ago, and as I prepared a message a few weeks ago and it popped into my spirit again.

An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years, and they were returning to New York City to retire. They had no pension and their health was broken. The couple was defeated, discouraged, and afraid.

They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions. No one paid much attention to them. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President’s entourage – with passengers trying to catch a glimpse of the great man.

As the ship moved across the ocean, the old missionary said to his wife, “Something is wrong. Why should we have given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these many years, and have no one care a thing about us? Here this man comes back from a hunting trip and everybody makes much over him, but nobody gives two hoots about us”.

“Dear, you shouldn’t feel that way,” his wife said. “I can’t help it; it doesn’t seem right”. When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet the President. The mayor and other dignitaries were there. The papers were splattered with the President’s arrival, but no one noticed this missionary couple. They slipped off the ship, and found a cheap flat on the East side – hoping the next day to see what they could do to make a living in the city.
That night, the man’s spirit broke. He said to his wife, “I can’t take this; God is not treating us fairly.” His wife replied, “Why don’t you go into the bedroom and tell that to the Lord?”.

A short time later he came out from the bedroom, but now his face was completely different. His wife asked, “Dear, what happened?” “The Lord settled it with me,” he said. “I told him how bitter I was that the President should receive this tremendous homecoming, when no one met us as we returned home. Furthermore when I finished, it seemed as though the Lord put his hand on my shoulder and simply said, ‘But you’re not home yet!’”

Pick yourself up and love again, trust again and win again! Your best days are ahead of you, and no one really knows the great things that God has planned for you. It is said that the darkest part of the night is one closest to morning; victory is around the corner, don’t give up or compromise now.

TNT Spiritual Dr. Joseph Omofuma (Pastor Grace Community Church)

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