“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” The heart beats noticeably in our chest as this grand and glorious story strains towards conclusion. This is what we are waiting for… to be with Him forever… to see and savor Him forever… to behold His beauty and brilliance forever. Heaven is heavenly not because there will be no more death, mourning, and pain. Heaven is heavenly not because we will be reunited with our loved ones who followed Jesus while they were here on earth. Heaven is heavenly not because we won’t struggle with life the way we have struggled here on earth. Heaven is heaven because He is there… pure and simple. God is the gospel. God is the good news. God is the reward. The last chapter of the Story of God shapes the whole story. We have come full circle in the story. The conclusion of the story, which is really the new beginning, reveals to us and reminds us that “in the beginning God.” So as you turn the page and walk into the beginning of a reCreation, may He be your everlasting joy as you see and savor Him above all else.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever