Last week big trucks filled with colorful fiberglass animals were parked on the street this side of town. Today the Ferris wheel is up. Soon the sweet smell of cotton candy, snowcones, and cow manure will waft across this little town, and I’ll be up to my elbows in grease from the latest deep-fried fad. Fried green smoothies maybe?
I find in myself the little kid jumping up and down with delight at the remembrance of bumper cars and tilt-a-whirls of years past. OK, yeah -that was me slumped over the side of the squirrel cage, vomiting pink popcorn onto the people below, but I’d begged Cindy Shelton to stop flipping the cage, so it was NOT MY FAULT!
Ah, the memories evoked by a county fair.
Anyway, tickets are available now, so I’m picking mine up and soon I’ll be breathing it all in. The mere anticipation keeps me energized.
I experience similar emotions when I contemplate heaven. I’m not talking about the ridiculously twisted version of fat little naked cherubs playing harps on clouds, brought to you by Satan, Inc. I’m thinking of the real heaven, where nobody’s gonna be lying, hating, hurting, or emaciated by addictions. Where every longing- be it laughter, love, or quiet, is fulfilled, and people from “every nation, tongue and tribe” (Revelation 7:9), will be gathered at His place. Just think of the music from THAT cultural festival!
When I see the signs of Jesus comin’ to town, I think about all He is, and the anticipation keeps me going strong. We don’t know everything about heaven; the Lord wants us to love Him for Who He is-not for the prize behind Door Number One; plus there’d be a stampede bigger than Walmart’s Black Friday, if we knew all that heaven held.
But if the beauty of His creations, what is known of Jesus and His presence in my life is any indication, heaven is worth the ticket; which has already been purchased by the cross of Christ. Pick it up now, for the great adventure. We’ll be elbow-deep in the love of Fairest Lord Jesus.
For the price of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
In the last days… People will be lovers of themselves
…proud, abusive, disobedient… ungrateful, unholy, without love…slanderous, without self-control…treacherous
…conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of spirituality, but without power. From 2 Tim. 3:1-5
No one knows the day or the hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking marrying and given in marriage, up to the day no enter the arc; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came. Matt. 24:36-38
You must be ready, because the Son of Man will come in an hour when you do not expect him.