The creation of the heavens

So, I took this picture with my usual trusty Nikon Coolpix S3000. My not-great-quality, lifesaver BFF of a camera. I was just messing around, taking pictures of the sunset outside, and taking pictures of various objects at various angles in my room.

As I reviewed the pictures after downloading them, this one struck me. It sort of reminds me of God’s creation of the sun and the moon and the stars – he’s placing the sun up there, among all those stars, to shine down on our world.

I didn’t even notice my little planet and star ceiling decorations in the photograph until a few minutes ago, really. My dad made those for me several years ago, when I was away at camp one summer and he redid my entire room as the solar system. I meant to take them down, several times, thinking they were a little childish. But I could never make myself actually do it. I’ve become a little bit attached to them. My dad’s a wonderful artist. He should be famous. He’s a house painter. In fact, he is so very good at painting houses (he can do pretty much anything anybody asks him to do, ever, and he’s trustworthy) that he’s come home on several occasions with gifts from his customers. Once, he came home with several expensive bottles of wine. Another time, someone gave him a loaf of sweetbread. Those are the two I can think of off the top of my head. Dad said the customer who’d given him the wine had been a gay man who thought my dad was cute. It cracked him up. He laughed about it for weeks.

Anyway, tell me what you think about this quick, experimental, bad-quality photo that happens to look very cool, in my opinion.

I love drawing with and taking pictures of those figures. They amuse me greatly; don’t ask why. Here’s another one I took, just for your amusement (try not to notice or mind my knee in the bottom right corner, and a glimpse of the floor in the bottom left):

 

Emilino

Photos mine.

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Heaven’s gonna be great!

And the redeemed of the Lord will return

and come to Zion with singing,

crowned with unending joy.

Joy and gladness will overtake them,

and sorrow and sighing will flee.”

(Isaiah 51:11, HCSB)

This world sometimes seems like all we’ve got. Stuff sucks around here, and it can seem like there’s no hope anywhere anymore. Seems like stuff will always suck.

As Christians, though, we have to remember that stuff will NOT always suck.

God allows things in the world, in this life, to suck. If it didn’t, why would we have faith? Why would we turn to God? Why would we cry out in desperation to be saved?

We need to remember that this life isn’t everything. In fact, this life hardly matters at all, except that in this life we make the decision to follow God or not, therefore directing our eternal destiny. And to lead others toward the Lord concerning their eternal destiny.

Other than that? This life don’t mean squat.

Imagine what it’s going to be like in Heaven, once we’ve accepted God’s gift of salvation. This passage says we’ll literally be overtaken by joy. That is such a beautiful way to put it. “Joy and gladness will overtake them…” We will be engulfed completely by joy. Raw joy. Utter joy. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful joy.

FOR ALL ETERNITY.

Imagine the maximum time this life takes up. It sounds pretty big. Sounds really big, in fact, to some of us. Don’t know about you, but it’s actually kind of scary to me. Seriously – what if I live that long? Gosh, I want to get to heaven sooner than that.

But in comparison to eternity, this life is nothing. Zilch. Eternally, time doesn’t even exist. There is so much time left in eternity that there is no time. Once you’ve gotten to the end of eternity, there are still 50,000,000,000,000,000 eternities ahead of you. And at the end of that, 50,000,000,000,000,000 more. Eternity does not end.

This life is zilch in comparison to eternity. And yet, when this life ends, I can spend eternity itself with God.

So, being saved, don’t get all caught up in how terrible (or how wonderful) this world is.

When it ends, we will be overtaken with joy forever.

I live this life in anticipation of an eternity with God.

I can’t wait to stand before my Dad and know I did the right thing.

Emilino

Picture courtesy scottburns.wordpress.com.