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Every once in a while I contemplate eternity. By God’s grace, my Eternity starts with a capital E.
When I was a child, one of my first introductions to the thought of heaven was from a movie, “The Littlest Angel,” the one with Johnny Whitaker. In the movie, poor little Michael was pretty bored up there in the clouds.
After God grabbed me, the thought of being with Him forever brought joy to my soul: I didn’t care what Heaven really meant, as long as it’s with Him.
As the years go by, it’s only natural to wonder, once in a while, what eternity is going to be like, what’s going on, what we’ll see/hear/say/think/feel, etc.
At a Bible study one time, the woman who was leading touched on the subject, saying, “God has so many facets, it’s impossible to grasp all of them. I think that’s why we need eternity with Him – we’ll forever be learning from Him and discovering new facets of His character!” That kind of blew me away: An eternal God needs eternity for us to discover Him. No boredom there!
Oftentimes, as I watch news or TV shows, I imagine what a particular place might have looked like before Man entered in; how beautiful it must have been the way God originally created it. I imagine, in the afterlife, we won’t need to breathe air, we will have no threat or bother from anything (bugs, lions, etc.), and gravity will not have its effect on us. I imagine we’ll be able to visit any place on earth, and wonder at God’s glory, and worship Him.
Then I was watching a news show about the pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope. They are stunning! We can catch glimpses of other galaxies and worlds and stars that are beyond what we can imagine! And, the universe must extend forever because, if it stops somewhere, what’s after that???
I can wrap my mind around forever in the universe or forever in the future (well, to the extent of my finite mind). Maybe, in Eternity, I will understand forever in the past. All of us having had a finite beginning, visualizing the creation, it’s easy for me to think of all things as having a beginning at some point. Right now, my thoughts are that, in Eternity, there is no time, no past or present or future; all of that is bound up in a bundle of sorts. (Except that, in Revelation 8.1, John tells us there was silence in Heaven about the space of a half hour. Whaaaat???)
All these things (and more!) to discover, to see from different perspectives, to enjoy with the presence of God right there with us always.
Revelation 5.13 says, “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
Can you imagine??? Every creature – every creature – praising God with us forever and ever!
1 Corinthians 2.9: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” It is written where? in Isaiah 64.4: “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”
Revelation 7.12, “… Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”
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