So last night I was thinking -
It would take several lifetimes to experience all of the beauty this world has to offer: all of the food, all of the music, all of the places to see, all of the things to do...
and all of the people,
not just to meet, but to really get to know. How many people are there in your life that you wish you could get to know better? I have hundreds, and yet I still go on meeting more. I have good friends on every continent, and though some are there only temporarily, who knows where we'll end up next? On top of that, there are people in my life that I could spend just about every day with and it would never be too much; they're just that special to me.
And not even just spending time with people, but learning and sharing things: history, culture, language,
And then I think of heaven - life, forever.
Not just with the beautiful things God made and the amazing people he created but in the literal Presence of God Himself, completely and absolutely free from all the worries and fears and anxieties and pain and evil desires that plague us on this earth fallen from grace.
And I think, I love life so much that I almost want to die.
"For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."
"Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure."
"...waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ..."
As I wait, I want to be one of those people that I look up to, those people that are absolutely teeming with life that people can't help but notice, not vainly but beautifully, and showing others how to be the same. God is here now, here with us, here in us,
but it will be better later.
And that is hope at it's truest, it's best.
Hello out there!
11 months ago