This photo? It's one of my favorites which I've taken. Ever.
I remember rolling my suitcase behind me down a wide hall in the Reno, NV train station and then oh! I stepped into that room and gasped at its glowing beauty.
Can't you just imagine appearing at a place like that--poof!--after you die, then catching a train from there to Heaven?
Well, I can, anyway. :)
Some Christians keep talking about how ugly this world is getting--and ok--it is pretty dreadful. I get that.
But you know? I keep thinking about this verse:
" The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." ... John 10:10
Personally, I believe Jesus died--not only so we'd have Heaven at the end of our journey--but so we'd also have a full, adventurous journey here, as well. He's so present within us, beside us. He helps us view this miraculous life His way, with much appreciation and also, compassion for folks who just don't get the whole God thing.
Yet if we concentrate upon the negative stuff? If, most days, we spend hours shaking our head over the bad? Then, well, we've made God too small in our eyes and the garbage has become bigger than He is (!)
And I am determined not to let that happen. Instead, I'm aiming to splash around within that abundant life.
May my mind be so renewed with God's word that--when I reach Heaven--I'll fit right in from the start, rather than needing the super-duper course in Heavenly Thinking. All the parameters will be off our minds, you know, but it will require time, I believe, (having read from others' early peeks) to truly understand everything God's way.
So--because I do love head starts--I want to be ready early. I long to find the bits of Heaven here which Jesus died to give me--the hints all over the Bible and the ones He whispers if we listen closely.
I want to finish well.
And in the meantime? I'm greatly enjoying this earthly journey because of my Creator. He makes everything, better and creates moments to treasure, remember, for a lifetime-- for both lifetimes, here and over there in His neighborhood.