As Near As Next Week

As Near As Next Week
. . . looking forward to these things . . .
2 Peter 3:14

“I love thinking and reading about heaven,” wrote Joni Eareckson Tada, the gifted Christian writer who was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident in 1967. To everyone’s amazement, Joni became an accomplished painter, creating beautiful pictures with a paintbrush between her teeth. She said, “I’ve never succeeded in painting a picture of heaven. People have asked me why, and I haven’t come up with a good answer, except to say that heaven defies the blank canvas of the artist.” She went on to say that the beauty of earth’s most sublime spots is “only a dim reflection, a preliminary rendering of the glory that will one day be revealed.”

Staying hopeful about our heavenly home can help us endure our darkest days on earth. The apostle Peter told us: “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14)—without a spot of worry, discouragement, fear, or failure.

Let’s contemplate the mysteries of heaven and the city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10).

Heaven may be as near as next year, or next week; so it makes good sense to spend some time here on earth thinking candid thoughts about that marvelous future reserved for us.
Joni Eareckson Tada


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