Beauty Unimagined

“Then God said, ‘Let the land burst forth with every sort of grass and seed bearing plant. And let there be trees that grow seed-bearing fruit….And so it was.

“The land was filled with seed-bearing; plants and trees, and their seed produced plants and trees of the like kind. And God saw that it was good.”

“And God said, “Let bright lights appear in the sky to separate the day
from the night. They will be signs to mark off the seasons, the days, and the years.

“Let their light shine down upon the earth.’ And so it was.”

Gen: 1:11,12, 14,15

My husband Larry and I went on a short vacation to Arkansas last week-end. We drove up to Hot Springs and then through the Ouachita National Forest and across the Talihina Scenic Byway returning home through eastern Oklahoma.  We both have always loved mountains and enjoy just driving through looking at the scenery. This was our first trip to Arkansas in the fall and were looking forward to seeing the changing leaves. In some areas, the leaves had already peaked but there were still areas of brilliant color.  Every red from pale orange to blazing fire red to burgundy; every yellow from pale yellow to rich gold turning to rusts. The evergreen pine trees seemed to intensify their greens in contrast to the vibrant reds of the hardwoods.

I kept thinking that as beautiful as this is, what must heaven be like? God created this planet by speaking it into existence in only six days.  This world is tainted by sin and decay. Yet, its beauty in places takes our breath away.

1 Corinthians 2:9 says “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'” We can’t even begin to speculate the wonders that wait for us in heaven other than the clues given to us in the Word. Streets of gold, the throne of God, a sea of glass, like crystal and living creatures singing day and night “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come”. (See Rev 4) Talk about something to take your breath away!  As the song says, what will it be like; will I be able to praise Him or will I be unable to speak at all? I can only imagine.

Peace and blessings to you all.