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We haven't seen anything yet!

It was the Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff, who said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”  I think that what’s true of music is also true of life.  The Scriptures tell us that God “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment,” (1 Timothy 6:17), and they’re right.  We are blessed with fine friendships, loving families, good health, and for some, work that is meaningful and rewarding.  Recognizing these as gifts from our Father, they are enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for them, is it?

If you’ve lived any time at all, you’ve probably already noticed that you’ve been blessed with some fine things that are in your rear view mirror now and they aren’t coming back.  And even if you’ve enjoyed something for decades, isn’t there a sense in which it doesn’t seem “that long?”  And the longer we live, the faster it all seems to go!  No, a lifetime is simply not enough time to enjoy the good things that God has blessed us with.

That’s why I think it’s important to recognize that whatever else death might be --- it is not the end of the world for the follower of Jesus.  Death can sometimes bring with it prolonged suffering and pain.  It always means emptiness for loved ones who are left behind.  But mark it down and underline it, it doesn’t mean the end of the world for the disciple.  In fact, it is the beginning of a new one.

Paul is on record as saying this: 

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him
(1 Corinthians 2:9).

Whatever else there is to say about the next world, it will be filled with all that is good, right, lovely, and true.  There will be no hospitals, cancer clinics, or funeral homes.  And although Paul’s not speaking specifically of the next life in the text above, he is talking about what we can expect from God --- the unexpected.  Life will exist in the fullest, most glorious manner that we are currently incapable of understanding but can absolutely relish the thought of and anticipate by faith. So continue to treasure the moments but don’t feel frustrated that you cannot trap them or slow them down.  Instead, remind yourself that as wonderful as they, we haven’t seen anything yet!

All of this is from the One who said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” (John 10:10).  A full life is one that lives for Him, dies in Him, and lives on forever because Rachmaninoff was right --- a lifetime is not enough for music, and a lifetime is not enough for the kind of things God has in mind for us. 

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!
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