(Hebrews 13:14 NLT)
Do you ever dream of traveling the world?
My friend and I share a wonderful sense of adventure. Look for us on any given day and you're likely to find us hanging out in some pretty cool places. Together we've explored every inch of New York City's Empire State Building, had lunch in the nicest cafes in Europe, and searched far and wide for the prettiest wildflowers to photograph.
The kind of traveling we do doesn't require us to be there physically; we've never had to invest money, nor is a lot of time involved. It may seem rather strange that our trips occur only in our imagination, but for us it's a very normal activity; on many days it's what I use to help get me through a super stressful day.
'But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.'
(2 Peter 3:13 NLT)Experiencing Heaven
During one of our more recent trips, we enjoyed a lovely cup of "proper tea" and strolled slowly along the banks of a beautiful water lily garden in Dorset. While chatting up a storm, we talked about all the wonderful things we most enjoyed about life, especially our love of wildflowers and all things nature. As we came to a pause in our conversation I asked her what she thought heaven might be like; did she believe heaven would contain some of the things we had been discussing earlier?
As much as I like to imagine and daydream about life, nothing fills me with more excitement than the thoughts of what heaven might be like. In the words of MercyMe "I can only imagine," and boy do I ever do so.
'I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.'
(2 Corinthians 12:4 NLT)
I believe God plans to delight our senses in heaven with beauty far greater than our tiny imagination could ever come up with here, but I still love trying to picture what it's going to look like. If I close my eyes I can see our water lily garden the way it looks in heaven, except next to this garden row after row of all my favorite wildflowers are blooming in a brilliant display of color.
With my eyes still closed, my friend and I are no longer walking slowly around the edge of the pond. In heaven we are running past the pond through all the wildflowers, moving freely with nothing to hinder or hold us back. We are carefree and childlike.
I believe this kind of imagining was what prompted David to write, 'Just one day in the courts of Your temple is greater than a thousand anywhere else.' (Psalm 84:10 The Voice) I could never be content with just one day spent running through the flowers of heaven, but I do understand how a day there could never be compared to a thousand here.
'I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.'
(Psalm 84:2 NLT)
Oh how I do long to be with our Lord, but I know I still have work to do here. In the meantime I will be dreaming of all He's planning to surprise me with. One day I will forever be running through my favorite wildflowers. I told my friend that if I arrived first I would wait for her at our water lily garden and vice versa for her. We would love for you to join us. Until then, may God richly bless you.
Please pray with me:
My heart is already there with You in Your eternal kingdom, but I know it's because this world is not really my home.
Thank You for giving me a small taste of what forever might be like through the beauty I'm blessed with here. I look forward to seeing all You have waiting, and I'm excited with the knowledge that the flowers You have waiting for me in heaven will never fade; they will bloom for eternity.
In Jesus' name,
Salina T Gibson
MercyMe "I can only imagine" Almost There, 2001
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