Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Exploring Eternity

The thought of eternity -- time without end -- can sometimes seem so long.  In fact, if I think too much on that one thought, my brain seems to hurt.  Then adding the thought, "What will we be doing all that time?" makes my brain hurt even more.  But I don't think we'll have any trouble finding things to do.

This past Saturday we participated in the commencement services for Capstone Christian School.  After the graduation, the school hosted a reception and I was able to meet the grandmother of one of the graduates.  As I began chatting with this woman, I wondered what she and I might find to discuss.  As it turned out, we chatted for quite a long time because we had a common bond.

We are both nurses.  

She was an Air Force nurse and has literally traveled the globe with her nursing career.  She has worked in several different specialties of nursing, whereas I have always done Maternal-Infant nursing.  In spite of that, we were able to have a great conversation based on the bond we share as nurses.  We understood many things about each other, without even having to vocalize them.  

As we ended our conversation, I thanked her for her years of service as a nurse (she is now retired) and for her service to our country and I marveled that two strangers could stand and have such an animated, enjoyable conversation knowing so little about each other.

Today, as I was thinking about that conversation,  I began to think of the millions and millions of fellow believers who will be in Heaven.  Each will have a unique story to tell and we will have a common bond with every single one of them.  They will all be family to us.  

It is wonderful to be with family you haven't seen in a while and get updated on their lives.  Heaven will be like the largest family reunion ever, except all the sibling rivalry will be resolved!  There will always be another person to meet, another story to hear, another amazing bond to celebrate.  Forever we will be exploring not only the wonders of our Lord, but the wonders of each other.

No, I don't think we will have any trouble finding something to do.

"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." 

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