Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Eternity" - 12/31/14 - Revelation 19-22

"I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea.        
I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband.        
I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: "Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making His home with men and women! They're His people, He's their God.        
He'll wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death is gone for good - tears gone, crying gone, pain gone -
all the first order of things gone."(21:1-4)
It's hard for me to let go.  It's hard for me to comprehend the blessings I have here on earth are just a mild taste of those to come when in Heaven.  It's hard for me not to take onto and focus on the joys I have here, instead of focusing on Eternity.

My Taste of Heaven here fills so much of me, many times I don't want to let it go.  Why?  Because there are more times often than not,  I am just plain out selfish.  When I am focusing on me and getting my voids filled, rather than letting go in anticipation of Eternity.  In my trying to hang onto these "Taste of Heaven", I become like a self-centered child.  When the unfairness of life steps in - and it will - anger, bitterness, unforgiveness seeps in as I focus more on what I don't have, instead of what He has blessed me with. 

These past few days my heart is so full.  The gift of having all of us together - at any given time - any place.  I struggle right now in knowing within just a few short days, again we will be separated by several hundred miles.  I struggle knowing it will be many weeks before the short time of being together happens again. 
In His own special way, ABBA helps me see, my clinging onto "the Taste of Heaven", is a hindrance to not only myself, but to others.  When I do, I am putting a burden on others to fill my void.  I am to cherish those moments, not allow them to fill my God-void. 
He has helped me see (again) in using our children where they are planted, they are leading others to Him.  Others that see no other "Christ", except when experiencing life with our kids.  In my selfishness of wanting them here, I am missing the point of why we are here. 
I read the verses today and He realigns my focus once more. 
"He who testifies to all these things says it again: "I'm on my way! I'll be there soon!" Yes! Come, Master Jesus!
The grace of The Master Jesus be with all of you. Oh, Yes!"(22:20-21)

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