Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stuck in the Interim

The Bible tells us life is but a wafer, our time on earth is short, and this world is not our home. Yet, we rarely speak of heaven. Most Christians, myself included, struggle to grasp what heaven is truly like. Perhaps our biggest deception, our biggest distraction, is the here and now.




It’s like we’re all stuck in an airport terminal dining on stale ham and cheese sandwiches, fighting for access to the vending machine and the seat closest to the window, not realizing the Bahamas are only a short flight away. Yet Jesus endured the cross “for the joy that was set before Him.” And He told us to do the same.

According to John C. Hutchison, author of Thinking Right When Things Go wrong, part of our inability to grasp eternity is due to our need for instant gratification. With instant messaging, texting, and high speed Internet, we’re trained to think of the here and now. Tomorrow is a long way away. Eternity even longer; so long we may not fully grasp it’s significance.

Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven.”

I’ve often wondered what our world would look like if we were able to catch but a
glimpse of God’s big picture plan. One day, it’ll all make sense. When we’re standing in heaven before the throne of God, surrounded by the man we met in the unemployment line, or the woman we encountered in the hospital, I believe we’ll understand. More than understand. I believe we’ll find each moment, from the joyful to the tearful, glorious and beautiful.


Until then: “We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

Jennifer Slattery

6 comments:

  1. What a great analogy, Jen. And we SO need that long-term view. Looking to it this lovely Easter morning.

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  2. Great reminder, Jennifer, that our sights should be set on above, not on ourselves.

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  3. Thanks, Jo and Laura! Have an eternally blessed Easter. :)

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  4. And a 7-course meal in the finest restaurant is like a stale ham and cheese vending machine sandwich compared to the glories awaiting us at our Heavenly destination. Love this Jennifer!

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  5. Sometimes I can relate to "I Can Only Imagine." Other times it might sound more like "I Absolutely Cannot Imagine," but I sure love trying :)
    Wonderful Easter thoughts, Jen. Thank you!

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  6. Amen, Catrina!

    I know what you mean, Nancy.

    Thanks both of you for stopping by, and I pray God gives you glimpses of eternity throughout your day. :)

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