Monday, March 16, 2009

A Glimpse of Glory

What are vacations really? Qavah and I would say we had the perfect vacation. There were no worries, no cares, or fears. The weather was perfect so the winter clothes and jackets stayed in the suitcase during our stay in Florida. We enjoyed romping around in short sleeves. There were times that I would have a feeling of pure joy. I could close my eyes and tilt my face toward the warm sun and think, "It doesn't get any better than this!"

But it does get better. We have our home in heaven waiting for us where all those vacation feelings will be lasting and true. An acquaintance in North Carolina, Rhonda, passed away last week. Although she was a young woman she was diagnosed with cancer six months ago and started preparing for her eternal vacation. She is now living that life of freedom and perfection that we long to have here, but can never quite obtain in a fallen world. I expect Rhonda's memorial service next weekend will be a joyful event, because her friends knew without a doubt that her faith and hope was in seeing Jesus face to face. It was while I was pondering her death that I thought of a vacation as a glimpse of glory. When we look at cruise ship magazines and photographs of the beautiful places in this world we all begin to dream about what it would be like to see those places. Wrapped into our longing for a vacation there may be a greater longing for the place of perfection we call Heaven.

Since we returned home, we've had five days of cold rain and haven't seen the sun. Qavah was tired and weak and had a transfusion today, and Kathryn has had a pretty tough time of it since last week when her Remicade treatment was due. The vacation feeling was short-lived, but what we all have waiting for us after this life will be better than any vacation we have had on this earth. It lasts for eternity and it is there for "those who believe."

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."
1 Corinthians 2:9
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6