He was looking forward to this moment all day long, after 6 days of labor and it finally arrived -Visiting Day! The man with the keys arrived to swing open the large, heavy doors. The cold gray hall springs to life in the warm glow of light. He could hardly control his emotions. The families began to arrive. He peers from the corner of the room longing for the 1st glimpse of his loved ones. He lives for the weekends. He lives for these visits.
As the cars arrive, he watches intently. Then, finally, they arrive, for whom he would do anything. They embrace, eat a light lunch and reminisce how things used to be. At one point, they break into singing, with interruptions of laughter and applause. But all too soon it is over.
A tear comes to his eyes as they depart. Then the men with the keys close the heavy doors. He hears the key turn in the lock marking the end of a special day. There he stands, alone again. He knows that most of his visitors will not contact him again till next week. As the last car pulls away from the parking lot, Jesus retreats into loneliness as He waits until next Sunday, Visiting Day. Is the time that we spend with Jesus an everyday thing, or do we just visit Him on Sunday? Think about it…
The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance from your knees to the floor…the one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.
This article “Visiting Day” by and Unknown Author was excerpted from: www.sermonillustrator.com website. October 2000. It may be used for study & research purposes only.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”