Friday, May 4, 2012

New Wonders Every Day

Last week my wife and I purchased new cars.  I am not one to read the manual and the salesman never covers everything the vehicle has.  What happens in those situations is the first few weeks with the new car, you discover more features that you did not know you had.  For me, it is part of the joy of having something new.  I like the feeling of discovery, of uncovering each new joy one by one.  I realize that a new Jeep is no comparison to Heaven, but the same principle applies on a much broader scale. 
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows-- how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.  2 Corinthians 12:2-4 NKJV
Passages like this fascinate me. I love the wondrous mystery of heaven.  I love that it is beyond our comprehension.  I love that its beauty is inexpressible.  As you grow older and see more and more things, there is less and less wonder in the world.  I love that I am still able to get excited by God's creation. I remember exploring the rim of the Grand Canyon, driving through the Rocky Mountains, gazing upon the ocean, and admiring the glorious ballet of life that goes on around me every day.  I think sometimes we are so caught up in our lives that we forget to look at life itself.  We fail to realize the miracle that we are.  We fail to be amazed at the complexity of our own bodies and the network of life that God has created to serve and sustain us. 

What amazes me more is that we merely exist in the "disposable" part of our existence.  These bodies, as wonderfully designed as they are, are merely temporary disposable tents as we await our new and glorified bodies.  I do not know what that body will be like or what capabilities it will have, but I do know that it will never get tired and never get sick.  It will never feel pain or get damaged in any way.  Even this world is merely temporary.  Every bit of beauty that our world houses is a mere shadow of the pristine perfection that it was before the fall.  This world is a shadow of things to come.  I do not think anything on this dead and dying world can compare the to glorious and eternal beauty awaiting us in heaven. 

Even more amazing is that the wonder will never cease in Heaven.  That child-like awe whenever we discover something new and amazing will be the norm in heaven.  Think about how often we get excited about some new silly feature on an item we purchased.  Think of the greater excitement is exploring new and amazing places just on this planet for a few days at a time on our vacations.  Think of how the whole earth watched as man walked on the barren moon.  Think of how cool it would be to explore what the other worlds are like in our own Solar System, if it were possible.  What about exploring our galaxy?  What about the entire Universe?  Think of those pictures we have of those fascinating phenomena that we are able to capture with our very limited vision.  What we are seeing though is only the beginning.  All of creation, including the entire Universe, is merely temporary.  Where we will reside is above and beyond all of that in the very place that God created as His own dwelling place. 

I truly believe that Heaven holds wonders that will amaze us day by day for all of eternity.  We will see the gardens of the Creator.  We will see the throne that seats our Lord.  We will see a realm that is so far beyond our most amazing hopes and dreams that it is not even lawful for us to talk about it.  That is because any words we can say will only serve to do diminish the amazing things awaiting us when we go home to our Lord.  Look forward to that amazing and glorious day.  
But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

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