This morning I woke up with a different perspective on life. I have often heard people say that life is a gift. But this morning, for the first time, it really seemed that way. God has created us as eternal beings, then he gave us this existence on earth as a temporary gift to see what we will do with it. It’s a little bit like we just got married, and God gave us a trip to Fiji as a wedding present. Someday He will ask us “How was the trip?” and we will all answer to Him. Perhaps when we meet others in Heaven, our story of how we used the gift of this earthly existence will be the conversation starter… just before we move on to the real discussion of the wonder of all that God has in store for us.
My heart beats at 68 beats per minute. That’s on the low end of average for a person who is sitting around doing nothing. When I get up and go for a walk, my heart works a little harder, speeding up to 72. When I wake in the morning, it’s already thumping along at 66 bpm. Not much change for a heart.
Although it’s drumming a steady beat now, there will come a day when it stops. The last beat. It’s been counting down ever since before I was born. Only God knows exactly how many beats I have. It’s a bit sad and introspective for me to think about it, but I wonder if God sees it differently. I wonder if He is watching the count-down.
Does He consider the day of the last beat, when my heart stops and my eyes open to really see Him for the first time? Does He eagerly anticipate, like a Father waiting for his children to come home? Is He marking off the beats on some Heavenly count-down clock? I can almost imagine Jesus elbowing some big angel and saying, “Just wait ’till Mark gets here. He’s going to be amazed at the place I’ve prepared for him. Only 1,751,299,200 beats to go! ”
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
– John 14:1-3
I have seen the giant Sequoia trees, but I’ve never seen the one who planted them.
I have seen the Painted Desert, but I’ve never seen the one who brushed it’s colors.
I have seen the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but I’ve never seen the one who filled them.
I have seen the light and felt the warmth of the sun, but I’ve never seen the one who ignighted it’s great blaze.
I have seen the earth rotate through a day and night, but I’ve never seen the one who sent it spinning.
I have seen the stars, shining from the vast black space, but I’ve never seen the one who scattered them there.
But someday, I will.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
– John 1:1-4 NKJV
Yesterday, I went to the funeral of a guy I didn’t know. It was interesting to hear about his life and his Christian walk. I think I’ll look him up when I get to Heaven.