A taste of heaven

Have you ever been given a gift that far exceeded anything that you could imagine? No really! One that you never even dreamed possible? This past weekend our Journey leaders went away for a time of refreshment before our new year started.

One of our leaders had asked a friend of hers if we might be able to use their lodge for the weekend getaway. Generously they granted the request but asked to remain anonymous. No one in the group had ever been to the lodge and we were thrilled to have a place to stay. A few of us went early to set things up for the women before they arrived.  I was so excited to put little gifts in their rooms to make each person feel appreciated.  Little did I know that our present was in front of us! As we approached the address on the map we noticed a very elaborate gate and intercom. I was starting to think that this little lodge was more than I had previously thought.  We entered into the drive and saw a large log house to the left and an even larger, no, massive estate to the right. Did I mention the landscaping? Everywhere we looked there were trees, flowers, ponds, fountains and beauty! My stomach began to feel like a washing machine.  I was nervously excited.  If we hadn't spoken to the caretaker at the gate, I would have thought that we were at the wrong place.  To say that this place was grand would be an understatement. We entered into the great room and I had no words!  I was trying to look as though I wasn't impressed in front of the caretaker but when he went out of the room I jumped up and down and giggled like a little kid!  I could not contain the excitement.  "How in the world did I get here?" I thought to myself. As we spent the next half and hour looking at the lodge I kept thinking,
"If I am this excited to be in this place, How much more am I going to be when I get to heaven?"
The bible describes heaven as a city that is filled with the brilliance of costly stones and crystal clear jasper. Heaven has twelve gates (Revelation 21:12) and twelve foundations (Revelation 21:14). The paradise of the Garden of Eden is restored: the river of the water of life flows freely and the tree of life is available once again, yielding fruit monthly with leaves that “heal the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2). However eloquent John was in his description of heaven, the reality of heaven is beyond the ability of finite man to describe (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Heaven is a place of “no mores.” There will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more sorrow (Revelation 21:4). There will be no more separation, because death will be conquered (Revelation 20:6).

The best thing about heaven is the presence of our Lord and Savior (1 John 3:2). We will be face to face with the Lamb of God who loved us and sacrificed Himself so that we can enjoy His presence in heaven for eternity.http://www.gotquestions.org/heaven-like.html

Nothing on earth can take the place of having a home in heaven.

Thank you for giving us glimpes of you!  Thank you for preparing a place for us in heaven.  May I grow in the knowledge of you and of your kingdom.  I yearn to know you more and to make you name known.

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1 comment:

  1. "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1

    How awesome to belong to a God that lavishes His love on us!


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