|Pie in the Sky!|
I used to think that the line to see Jesus would cost me at least 10,000 years of waiting. Then, it hit me that Jesus is not like Santa Claus at the Bellevue Mall. He will be ever-present, because He is welcoming us into His home. His Spirit will waft about like fresh perfume, no longer contained to the hearts of those who love Him. And, I will know everybody! No more lurking in the corner, wishing I were somewhere else, counting the minutes until the party is over. There won't be any minutes to count! What a party!
What I love to think of most (and this is where Jason thinks I veer too close to heresy or solipsism or whatnot) is that I will get to be with other people I love who love Jesus. That is, I firmly believe that there will be firesides in cozy rooms in the mansion that my Father built, with rain pouring down outside the big picture windows. And by those firesides, there will be glasses of wine and good fellowship with the likes of Flicka, Vermonster, Anita, Jane, Maud, Jack, Gilbert, etc. And there will be laughter and stories and joy. Jason seems to think it will be all Revelation all the time. If it were, then I would want out. But, I think too highly of my Heavenly Father for that. He built us for joyful relationships. He rescued us to be His family. Every father loves to see his children in loving fellowship; how much more, then, our Father in Heaven? You simply cannot have relationships within the framework of Revelation. There is not much in that prophetic book that says "family." I think that it is a description of a fixed point in Heaven's timeline -- another instance, like that of Creation and the Incarnation, of God's subjecting Himself to the tyranny of time in order to accomplish something important. But, once the end of the beginning is finished, once the Millennial Reign is done, once we truly enter eternity, then it's the biggest, best family reunion ever!
I have already told my friend, Flicka, that I'm counting on at least 2,000 years of drinking wine with her by that glorious fire simply to catch up on all the interrupted conversations and missed opportunities from our fleeting vapor of earth life. Of course, there will not be such a thing as years by then; but, if there were, I'm thinking that I'm pretty spot on.