Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A 2 Z: Eternity

Eternity. It's a concept that is hard for us to understand while we are stuck in the time-space continuum of life on earth. Yet it's something we long for and dream for.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecc 3:11b
I see evidence around me that there is a Creator, and feel Him in my soul. I see that there is good and evil in the world, and believe that there is an eternal resting place for both God and Satan. Just as the angels had a choice, so do we humans have a choice of which destination we prefer, heaven or hell.

Each of our actions is a choice, and there is no fence to balance on—it's one side or the other. But we can be assured that if we do choose to accept the forgiveness and purity Jesus's blood offers, then we know with 100% conviction that we can spent eternity with God in heaven.

I love to dream of what it will be like in heaven. I do not picture it as cartoons and movies do, with people sitting on clouds playing a harp. No, I see it as something much more full of life than just that.

Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth... But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy... They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit... Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. (From Isaiah 65.)
I see earth as a dim reflection of heaven. We will worship the glory of God continuously, yet I believe that tending His creation is a form of worship. I plan to have a cocoa orchard and a sugar cane field. Come visit me and enjoy His chocolate!

We are also told we will have new bodies, yet it seems we will have the same soul, the same essence. I see myself as still a storyteller, writing or telling stories that show God's glory and praise His name. I will write of the acts He does among His people and angels. Maybe we'll be able to know of things that happened back on earth, and tell of the ways He cared for His people and touched their lifes in ways they never saw. I'll also write of the things we have yet to learn about Him. For so great and awesome is our God that even an eternity is not enough to know Him truely and completely.

The Bible often mentions that there is a Book of Life and we only will reach heaven if our names are written therein. Names are important to me—I've been known to spend hours pouring over a baby name book just for fun. We see many times that names are also important to God, when He's chosen names or changed names to fit people's personalities or triumphs. I see even in my sisters and I that are personalities kind of go with our name meanings.

I like to think each of us have a unique name that belongs only to our one soul. God, the great God, will stand at the gate of heaven and call out MY name! I will know it instantly because it is me. It is the epitome of everything good He put within me that makes me uniquely Me.


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14 comments:

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

I can;t hardly wait for the day that I am there!

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer said...

You can find me in the dance studio or maybe the art and music department. I came late to life to those things and found a real desire, so I'm thinking I stepped off the wrong side of the fence somewhere. :)
Diana
www.pencildancer.com

Rhonda Schrock said...

Living in the light of e-ternity makes all the difference in the world. I'll be doing that today!

Joanne Sher said...

What a beautiful post, Amy! I'll be writing to, I imagine. Lovely.

Lisa Mikitarian said...

Wow, those are beautiful thoughts, Amy. Having a common name like Lisa, I'm looking forward to hearing him call me specifically:).

Rita Garcia said...

Amy, thanks for sharing your beautiful vision of Heaven! I agree with you--Heaven will be wonderful and worth it all! Love you!

Niki Turner said...

Oh, I love this! We don't think or talk about heaven and eternity nearly enough in this day and age. What wonders and joys we have to look forward to! Fabulous post!

Shelley Ledfors said...

Beautiful, Amy. I love to think of eternity. I remember when I was a small child I'd say to myself forever and ever and ever... trying to comprehend the wonder of this concept. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing it!

Tim George said...

Thanks for setting my mind on heaven on a day I find myself so mired in the clay of earth.

Laury said...

Yes, eternity sounds good about now! A new perfect home with no worries. Sounds marvelous!

Patty Wysong said...

Eternity with our Father God. Wow. What an E!! It won't ever get any better than eternity with HIM. Can't wait!! =] Thanks, Amy. ♥

WhenJesusSavedMYSoul said...

Why worry about the problems and obstacles of our every day life. It is promised to us that when we live true to the Christian faith and a by accepting Jesus as our Savior we will be rewarded with eternal life when we died. So in our lives try to be as happy as we can be. For God will be beside you to help when needed This is a good I mean ready good piece. I give it the letter A for the attention it gave to the subject mentioned.

Diana Dart said...

What wonderful, heartfelt words, Amy. Book me in for a visit (or two) at your cocoa fields!! For some reason I grew up with the conviction that thinking about heaven was somehow wrong. Now, with a different mindset, I wholeheartedly join in with your musings and thoughts on Eternity with the Father. Thanks for this, girl :)

Nancy K. Sullivan said...

I love your insight, Amy. Heaven is drawing nearer all the time and you make me even more anxious (in a good way) for that day.

Wonderful post!