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oh, heavenly days.

Heaven.
A place where we can sing of God’s love forever! Oh to get my wings and float in God’s presence for eternity!

This is how I thought of Heaven. An eternal choir practice. I honestly was not looking forward to or seeking Heaven. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above…” (Col 3:1) I knew that for it to be God’s presence, it couldn’t be bad, but I was not desiring or seeking it. The idea of singing forever gave me no joy. And now I am aware of how much joy I was depriving myself. Tom and Jerry need no longer define our image of Heaven! So, erase your image of Heaven (unless you have a Biblical image in your head!). (Most of the following points are from David Platt’s latest Secret Church entitled “Heaven, Hell, and the End of the World.” Take six hours and watch it!)

“One of the greatest things about Heaven is that we’ll no longer have to battle our desires. They’ll always be pure, attending to their proper objects. We’ll enjoy food without gluttony and eating disorders. We’ll express admiration and affection without lust, fornication, or betrayal. Those simply won’t exist.”
Randy Alcorn

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
C.S. Lewis

I think of Adam and Eve in Eden. God created them and their surroundings and it was perfect (Gen 1:31). Perfect harmony between God and His creation (Gen 2:15). They were without sin and were able to do whatever their heart desired (Gen 2:16-17). God created them in His image, so God knew the desires of their heart (Gen 2:18). He was gracious to fulfill Adam’s desires by giving him the entire earth and all the creatures to rule over (Gen 1:28) and a woman to be his companion. Why would we believe that a perfect God that created US to live in this same harmony with Him wouldn’t fulfill all of our desires in Heaven? My desire to build and feel accomplished, your desire for affection and companionship… all of these desires are from God and have been corrupted by sin. So in Heaven, without the presence of sin and temptation (Rev 20:10), we will be able to follow our hearts because they will be pure and not corrupted by the sin we struggle with today (Rev 22:17, John 6:35). “Love God and do as you please” (Augustine). HOW BEAUTIFUL AND GLORIOUS A THOUGHT!

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

We will be as priests in the temple (1 Kings 6:19-20), a bride with a husband (Rev 19:6-8), heirs of a King (Matt 25:34), and participants in a banquet (Rev 19:9)!

We will behold Him (Rev 22:4), worship Him (Rev 19:1-8), serve Him (Rev 7:15), be served by Him (Luke 12:37), reign with Him (Dan 7:27), and rest in Him (Rev 14:13)!

Soggy turtle sandwiches

So one day, God created marriage. And it was a sandwich. It was a wonderful sandwich and God made it how He wanted to because He’s wise and He’s God and all that. So man comes along and wants God’s sandwich to be a turtle. Man really, really wants a turtle. So man looks at God’s sandwich and fights back and forth over whether it’s a sandwich or turtle. Man even goes so far as legislating that God’s sandwich is a turtle. Well clearly it’s still a sandwich, right? Well, no. Man said it’s a turtle now.  So God sees man take His sandwich and put it in a pond. And I believe God’s heart breaks. Not because His sandwich is soggy, but because God gave His sandwich to us and we decided it wasn’t good enough. And man WILL decide that they don’t want God’s soggy turtle sandwich anymore.  And man WILL move on to take another of God’s gifts and turn it into something they want and that He didn’t intend. History repeats itself.

be satisfied, part 1

This is my first post in a series of three that will briefly address a few thoughts I have gathered in my <2 years of marriage. I was given the following prose, typed in Courier, and it summarizes my thoughts that will come in the next two parts.

“Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone — to have a deep soul relationship with another — to be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But God to a Christian says, “No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled and content with being loved by Me alone — with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me — to having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone, discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with another until you are united with me, exclusive of anyone or anything else, exclusive of any other desires or longings. I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing — one that you cannot imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow me to bring it to you. You just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things — keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am. Keep listening and learning the things I tell you. You just wait. That’s all.

Don’t be anxious. Don’t worry. Don’t look around at the things that others have gotten or that I’ve given them. Don’t look at the things you think you want. You just keep looking off and away up at Me, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.

And then when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would dream of. You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready (I am working even this moment to have both of you ready at the same time), until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me, and is thus the perfect love.

And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love. I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me and to enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty, perfection, and love that I offer you with Myself. Know that I love you utterly.”

1 Corinthians 1:10

fears of the everyday.

I’ll speak for myself.

Fear is always in me, in some form or fashion.

Where am I going? Who will I meet? What will I do? How will I do it?

And these are not deep fears of a vast, unknown future.

Webster says:

turn – to cause to move around an axis or a center; make rotate or revolve

Fears of the everyday.
I’ve got a meeting…

Oh my gosh I’m so late. I’ve never met this person before. Will they understand what I say. What if I can’t do it.

The fears of the everyday.
These might be the times I turn to God the most.

I turn to God in the fears of the everyday.

Oh please don’t let me be late. Please let them be nice. Please let me speak clearly. Please help me through this.

Webster says:

rely – to be dependent; to have confidence based on experience

Hardly do I rely on God… “post” fears of the everyday.

Thank you for them being late, too. Thanks for getting me there safely. Thank you for their joyful heart and their good mood. Thank you for the conversation. Thank you for helping me get my point across. Thank you for handling it all when I can’t.

Turning isn’t a change in location.
Reliance is a leap.

Hours after this meeting, the part God played was brought to my attention.

I quickly recalled every worry I had before it. I realized everything went perfectly.

I would have passed through my day without any thought to how well the meeting went, but beforehand I was extremely concerned with my fear. If things went sour, I might’ve even prayed about it.

Realizing God’s role and acknowledging Him after the fact is what pushes ‘turning’ to reliance. I acknowledge how He acknowledged me.

I prayed in my fear, out of fear. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious prayer to God. But thankfully,

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”

For some reason, God doesn’t base His response to me on my response to Him. God has no reliance on me.

If I face the fears of the everyday relying on God, I have confidence based on experience. There’s no need to fear. His faithfulness to me has nothing to do with me. It’s not about me. At all. He hasn’t let me down… He hasn’t ignored me. I have let Him down… I have ignored Him.
Reliance on Him will take the fears of the everyday and turn them into thanksgiving.

Turning is stationary.
Reliance is a leap.

And if our God is for us….

“He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.”
Proverbs 14:26

Some people have stated that “fear not” or any of its derivatives are found 365ish times in the Bible. Others say it’s 60 or so. I’m glad we have this to argue about. Seriously. What else would we talk about? I’m facing a huge fear at the moment. I’m basically standing behind a door that’s going to open in the morning and reveal a whole new world to me. New people, new tasks, and other things that I don’t know to expect are waiting for me. So what should I be thinking? I’m not sick to my stomach like usual (that can be expected in the morning). I cry in fear of losing an old life that I have outgrown. I worry that I may forget something and not be prepared, that my clothes might be wrinkled, that I’ll be late. I tried polishing my shoes, but that art has never been passed to me. Fear is oozing in my heart from my hands, my feet, and my head. But what is there to fear? If I believe God coordinates every aspect of my life (which while some may think that’s a negative, by all means Lord, do with me what You will; You know better than I do), then what do I have to be afraid of? If I truly believe God is working for my good and that He will call me home when He chooses, what do I have to fear? If I can’t screw up God’s plan (and you can’t mess it up either), then why am I afraid?
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against? (DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH!) Our God is greater. Our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thess 5:16-18

Thanks God 🙂




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