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The Best Is Yet to Come — Part Three

on July 17, 2015

Picking up where we left off last week:

What will I do when I finally come face-to-face with someone who knows me inside and out and loves me still? Will I be too ashamed to move toward Him? Will I try to hide? Or will I run into His arms? I can see myself doing just that, like a little girl who hasn’t seen her daddy in a long time and is so overcome with love and happiness that she falls to the floor and hugs his feet. I honestly don’t see myself having the strength to do much more.

After the hug, we’re all invited to a huge, indescribable wedding feast. Not a bad start to our new life. Still, that’s just the start of our eternity. What do you do in an eternity? Well . . . what don’t you do?

No longer any sea

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First, you’re with your loved ones. The apostle John noticed that right off when God showed him a vision of heaven. You can see this in his initial description, which includes the significant phrase, “. . . and there was no longer any sea.” (Rev. 21:1) Why would he say that? Because, at the time, John was being held prisoner on the island of Patmos. Each day he looked across this vast expanse of water, knowing it separated him from those he loved. But in heaven, nothing will separate us.

We’ll live in mansions in a city that’s 1,400 miles long, 1,400 miles wide and 1,400 miles high. The streets will be made of transparent gold, and the whole place will be lit with the glory of God. And I could go on.

But it’s not enough that it’s beautiful, is it? You can be honest. You’re worried it will be boring. And, if you’re like me, you don’t like that comment Jesus made about there being no marriage in heaven. What if, when we get there, we lose the human connection that makes our mortality so much fun? And so our imaginations limit us.

Aren’t we fortunate, then, to know God doesn’t have that problem?

To know where we’re going, we need to go back to where it all began — to Genesis: “In the beginning . . .”

In the beginning, God created . . . everything. Think about that. All the things we love about life were His idea. I mean, He laughed first. Probably at Adam’s reaction when he first saw Eve. The world’s original jaw-dropping double-take. Or maybe even sooner, when He was making hippopotamuses.

God is the original artist, poet and musician. Mountains and oceans, deep-sea exploration and space travel were His inspiration, not ours. And sex? That was all Him. He didn’t have to make it so fun, but He did. God noticed Adam was lonely . . . and He not only gave him a companion, He gave him passion and intimacy. Wow.

Without a doubt, God loves adventure. If you don’t believe me — just read His book! Take a look at Job 38–41, for example, and hear how God describes a little of what He does and knows, stating: “Everything under heaven belongs to me.”

John 1:3 tells us, “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” That includes flying and dancing and chocolate and music and jumping and eating and running and, most importantly, love.

Love — from the ecstasy of a Hershey’s nugget (one inch of pure heaven!) to the overwhelming adoration you feel for your children — these are feelings direct from the heart of God. Relationships were His idea. From the very beginning He knew we were meant for companionship . . . because He is. How silly for us to think heaven will be lacking in this most wonderful of earthly delights.

In fact, try this: Write down everything you love about life. Now, try to imagine these things at their purest and best. For me, I like to envision what it would be like to soar on the wind, over the mountains, across the ocean, my arms spread wide and a smile on my face. No fear, only freedom. Heaven will be better than that. So, try to imagine it better. Got it? Nice try but you’re still not there. That’s just it — we can’t imagine it. The best “life” has to offer will be magnified and glorified beyond our wildest dreams. Because it is only in heaven that we will truly live.

Which reminds me of the story of Cinderella in the movie Ever After. Especially at the end, when Danielle’s great-great granddaughter says, “And while Cinderella and her prince did live happily ever after, the thing to remember, gentlemen, is that they lived.”

Living and loving for all eternity with our true Prince. Nothing here can begin to compare. So you see, my friends, our best days are yet to come. . . .

What are your thoughts about heaven? Do you try to imagine what it will be like or are you okay with not knowing?

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