I find myself saying to my husband and my children more and more often, “Look! Look at all those flowers, so many different colors, how beautiful!” I absolutely love spring! I love all of the wild flowers that have come into full bloom everywhere I look! In fact, I love every flower! On rainy days, I find myself constantly on the look out for a rainbow in hopes to spot just a glimpse of God’s beauty! I could watch sunsets daily, especially the ones where there are sweet pinks and purples filling the sky. One of my favorite things is lying outside on a blanket, soaking up the sunshine, reading a good book, listening to birds chirping, the ruffling of the leaves on the trees, the rustle of the warm wind blowing, and the sounds of all the little voices full of giggle as they play so innocently in the background.
Is this part of getting old? Why am I growing to appreciate these things in a much more meaningful way seeing them like I’ve never seen them before? It’s as if my eyes are growing clearer and my hearing ability has increased in a profound way of noticing the glorious wonders of God! If these beautiful creations of life in the here and now are just a shadow of His radiance and our eternal life with Him, our Lord and Savior, can you even begin to imagine the magnificence of heaven? Wow!
I’ve come to realize it’s all about how we look at life. Are we going about our days worried if there will be another, if at any moment we may lose something we hold so dear, if we might become ill, if we will ever be successful, whether we will still have a job tomorrow, if we’re being a good enough parent, or how we might handle losing a loved one? There are so many daily thoughts and worries that can consume our minds if we allow them to. This is not how God intended for us to live. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. This is an eternal perspective!
Matthew 6:34 tells us, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Yes it does, and even today is not for us to worry about!
I have just recently began looking at life with an eternal perspective, and ya’ll, it is freeing and oh so hopeful. Having an eternal perspective is viewing life as God promises us it will be in heaven for eternity. It is not looking at the temporary things of this world to make us happy. It’s looking at everything we endure here in this life as part of Gods mighty plan, and knowing that He has a purpose in everything we go through, and His plan is perfect and good!
Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We have to remember this, look for the good, and trust God in all things even when we may not understand them!
The Bible warns us in James 4:13-15, of the briefness of our lives:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
My old self would dwell on “what ifs”, and worry if I’d be able to handle the outcomes. Now I continue to remind myself that this life is temporary and so short compared to our life in eternity! I used to believe that I couldn’t go on if I were to lose a child! Although I know I would grieve tremendously, I now have peace in knowing that the moment our children are gone from this earth, they are with Jesus, in no pain or sadness, and that sooner than later we will join them! That’s a hope that can only come from knowing God, trusting in Jesus, and having the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of me!
When things seem unbearable or overwhelming, I try to stop and reflect on all of God’s promises and how great and new things will be in our eternal life! We can take nothing we have here with us when we enter into heaven, and the truth is that we will not want or need to! All things will be made new!
Revelation 21:4-5 says, ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
His words are true and trustworthy and He told us to write that down, meaning He wants us to know it and remember it!!! This doesn’t mean that we should live a lazy or idle life just waiting on Christ’s return, but it does mean that we should be living for Him every single day and glorifying Him in everything we say or do! It’s okay to have goals and to want good health and prosperous lives for ourselves and our loved ones. In fact we should treat our bodies as temples, and we should show gratitude for all the things God has blessed us with. However, when we let the temporary things of this world consume our minds, it crowds out what our true purpose is here in this life. God and how we can please Him should always be front and center of our thoughts! We should be trying our hardest to be like Jesus: loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, serving and helping one another, and sharing the gospel, being disciples!
Matthew 28:19 commands us, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
You don’t have to be a preacher or priest to share the good news of Jesus! If you believe His Word to be true, and you are confident that your name is written in the book of life, don’t you want the same for your loved ones and your neighbors? Why wouldn’t we want every soul to experience this marvelous and glorious gift of eternal life with God Himself? So what are you doing about it? How are you living your life? What does your speech and actions say about who you are in Jesus? How are you serving others? Are you telling others the good news?
I used to think things like, “Oh I hope the world doesn’t come to an end anytime soon, because I’d really like to get married and have children of my own, and see my children get married and have children.” I was scared of the thought of the world ending! I was sad to think of the things of this world I had not yet experienced. Obviously, I was oblivious to the true understanding of what is to come; the glorious heaven that God promises us! This life here is far from the heaven that some of us try to make it! Now, knowing and believing what I have to look forward to, I long for the day of HIS return! We all should! Nothing here can even compare to the contentment, joy, and happiness we will be fulfilled with in heaven! That is, if you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Do you?