Every time I cross the Kingsgate bridge, I always stop to admire the scenery. It’s amazing how the sky seems to seamlessly melt into the river, and how the trees seem to enclose such beauty.
For me, these are reminders of our future glory – not just humanity’s glorious future with God, but together with creation. When that day comes, mother nature will be even more beautiful than it already is. Isn’t that wonderful?
So how do we know what heaven will look like? Well, I don’t know, but nature gives us a hint – beauty, awe and wonder.
Perfect re-creation of Mother nature in her former glory and the transformation of humanity, where we will all be raised up and sit alongside Jesus as co-heirs of God.
You see, when humanity fell, so did creation. God had put Adam and Eve in charge to rule over all of God’s creation. Humanity is inherently tied together with nature. So when we sinned, creation also fell into death and decay. Nature continues to bloom and grow, but in a disunited and disorientated manner. There are flowers, snow and cool breezes and yet at the same time, there are weeds, hail and typhoons. Yet, in all these things, we marvel at the majesty of mountains, the quietness of the forests and the calming rhythm of tidal waves.
If we think nature is at its best, we are wrong. For when we are glorified, we shall see nature the way God had intended it to be.
Oh, I cannot wait for that day. A spirit-filled life is only a small, tiny keyhole into God’s kingdom. And nature is but a glimpse of what it will look like.
‘You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever’
Psalm 16:11 NLT