Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Best is Yet to Be. . .

Ireland (Photo credit: Trent Strohm)
My laptop is set up so the screensaver shows many different beautiful pictures of Ireland.  Both my grandmothers were Irish and I have long desired to visit there.  In fact, my son, during his recent deployment, had a three hour layover in Ireland in route to his destination.

"Ireland looks like one big golf course," was what he told my husband.

Our son was the first of myself and our children, of Irish heritage, to reach that green isle, but unfortunately he was unable to leave the airport during his time there. 

One thing I love to do with his two children is to have them sit beside me and look those pictures of Ireland on my computer.  They find the verdant hillside with its rocks and sheep just as beautiful as I do.  They love the pictures of the beaches and waterfalls and even the cities will draw an "Ooh" and "Ahh" from them.

I particularly love the pictures of the old abbeys, most which are now in ruin.  There is one in particular which almost brings tears to my eyes when I view the pictures.  Something about it seems to pulls on my heart strings.

One day I hope to set foot on that "Emerald Isle," and to view the beauties with my own eyes. Yet, as beautiful as I believe the land of my ancestors to be, I know that the most beautiful things I will ever see I have yet to see.  This will be true even after I have been to Ireland. 

For once I have passed from this life to the next there are beauties awaiting me which I cannot even begin to imagine.  There are sights so wondrous that the most glorious sight in Ireland will seem as a slum in comparison.

Waterfall in Donegal, Ireland
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The most glorious of these, of course, will be the face of the Lord Jesus.  The moment we first see His face, every other sight we have thought of as beautiful will recede into the background.  The words of the song we love to sing are correct, "Jesus will outshine them all."

So as we face each day with its challenges and temptations, let us have hope.  Let us have joy and let us have peace.  Our best days, our most beautiful sights, our most glorious experiences await us. 

The Best is yet to be.

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
1 Corinthians 2:9 

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Sue said...

Your post blessed my heart and raised my spirits today. Thank you for these very true words...

Frances Davis said...

Thank you so much, Sue. It is so great to know that no matter what, our greatest days are ahead.