Looking Forward


No matter how good we have it here, we can look forward to the glorious eternity that awaits us.

Did you ever think about the way we use that phrase?  'I'm really looking forward to _______.'  

It's funny how we’ve made looking 'ahead' into something positive.  Does that make looking backward negative?  Or is there just something about the present that we don't like?

I've been 'looking forward' a lot lately.  Not because I don’t like the present.  My present is awesome.  But I’ve got a daughter getting married soon (June 24), and they will be moving to St. Louis.  There is a lot of transition in my other daughters’ lives too.  And I guess I’m in a weird place in my life where I’m trying to figure out what God has in store for the rest of my life (besides being at Parkview for a long time).

Everything I see ahead is really cool.  I know that there will be problems and obstacles and spiritual warfare and all of that.  But when I look forward, I’m really looking forward to it.

Sure, I’m an optimist, and my faith is strong, and my future’s so bright I have to wear shades.  But I’m looking forward.

And then, as I was hanging with God in the forest preserve this morning and really enjoying God’s amazing creation, I had a vision of what heaven was going to be like someday.  And I realized that as beautiful as his nature is here on earth, it’s not a fraction of what I’m looking forward to.

Paul said,

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.  I Corinthians 2:9

Isaiah tells us that all of this stuff we’re looking forward to on earth will be so dull that we won’t even remember it.

Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. Isaiah 65:17

Our best days on the earth – “Remember when we went to wherever?  Remember that day we whatever??” – will make us yawn when we look back on them.  And we will forever say, “No, I don’t’ remember – I’m just looking forward.”

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