– Monday Muse –
Dear One, Friday morning as I walked into the kitchen, Ron, who had just been out to the road for the paper, said, “You have to go outside, QUICK.” This stunned me. “QUICK,” he repeated. I thought, is he playing an early April Fool’s trick on me? He has before, but never this early. Is he going to lock me out of the house in my nightgown and robe? And if he did, who is there to notice? What is he up to? I cautiously opened the front door, and he said, “Go all the way out or you won’t see it.” Still thinking that he must be teasing me, I stared at him – trying to pick up some clue. “Hurry, or you will miss it. It’s the SUNRISE! You have to go to the road out beyond the trees!” Okay, I thought, I am going to play along with you, AND you are probably going to have a good laugh at my expense.
The sunrise side of our property is hidden by trees, as is the sunset side. I started to hurry across the lawn, but the grass was wet. I had on brand new loafers, so I scurried over to the driveway, and down the gravel track. Looking east, I FROZE in place…wishing that the sky above would freeze in place as well. Simultaneously, the sense of the need for a camera came, and went. No camera could ever capture the vision. Before my eyes, it was changing. Which of the two of us saw the sky at its peak? Could this sky have been more dazzling?
God? Is Heaven going to be as wondrous as this morning sky? Will everywhere we look take our breath away? Or God, will Your Presence overwhelm all else…always? If so, will we, after thousands of years take the fullness of Your Presence or unfathomable beauty such as this, for granted? Lord, I pray not.
I will not attempt to describe the sight, or the color, for I cannot. Simply put, it was the most breathtaking sunrise I have ever seen, one I hope not to forget. I say hope, for we humans, have a way of allowing the works of God to fade, and not only fade, but to be forgotten. I hope that fault is just a part of our sinful nature, and that when in Heaven we will never fail to carry within us the indelible fullness of God’s Glory. I have a feeling, from our earthly revelations of the Holy Spirit, that when we are in Heaven, the fullness of God’s Holiness might cause a sunrise, such as this morning’s, to seem, in comparison, unremarkable.
“Dear Father, in ancient times, You asked the Israelites to make stone memory-markers to ever remind them of the mighty works of Your hand. This morning I am going to place this writing in our blessing jar, for it seems, that this morning Ron and I may have been given, if not a glimpse of Heaven, a sense of it. Thank you. Amen.”
As read in Revelation 21:4 KJV concerning Heaven, “And God
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any
more pain; for the former things are passed away.”
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