Heaven on Earth
by Angela Breidenbach
I traveled to Scotland over Thanksgiving. I’d dreamed of going all my life. Finally, after 40 years, I stood on the real Brig O’ Doon, walked the streets of Edinburgh, and visited graves of my ancestors. I found bits and pieces of family history. I stared and marveled at the wonders of architecture, literature, and landscape. I was soaking in all of God’s glorious earth.
My family and I toured for two weeks, and yet it wasn’t enough. I want to go back and see all the things I missed. Discover all the genealogy mysteries yet to be uncovered. There just wasn’t enough time. I have hope that someday I will return to see and inhale the heather on the hills of Galloway.
Heaven we dream of, muse about, and pretend we have any inkling what it will be like to stare and marvel at God’s glory shining in that place. The genealogist in me can’t wait to spend eternity asking questions and meeting relatives who arrived earlier. I hope that’s part of my future experience. The spiritual me can’t wait to ask God all the questions I’ve been storing up for Him. Imagine God’s attention focused to answer all the questions that have stumped humanity since the beginning of time! And, of course, the foodie in me wants to know how manna tastes. One moment I’m driven to travel the world. The next I realize nothing I can see here will compare to what is prepared for me.
For this moment, this life, I’m so grateful God has created a world that can awe me. That awe will be tiny compared to what will greet me in eternity. But I think it’s a sample of the joy that will come.
Angela Breidenbach is a radio personality, genealogist, and bestselling author. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also.