Wednesday, April 10, 2013

From Chicago to Hawaii in an Eyeblink




Finally home after a whirlwind week to Chicago, and then the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But my last morning was spent on a 5 mile run through Hawaii. It was beautiful, with waterfalls, and a lung searing ascent up the highest dormant volcano on the island. I was able to enjoy this magnificent scenery from the most amazing high tech treadmill I have ever been on. As I stood in the hotel workout room, obviously perplexed by all the buttons, a maintenance man came by.
"You need help?" he asked.
"Yes," I said.
"Would you like to run in Hawaii?"
"Of course!"
He pushed some buttons, and soon I was blissfully lost in the tropical world of one of the prettiest runs on earth.

Asherel felt similarly as we strolled through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We spent the most time slowly meandering through the Beatles' room. She had a very content look on her face, the same one I know I had as I jogged in Hawaii.

It would be nice to be able to teleport to the world of your dreams. How enticing to just push a button and float to a place where the rancor and evil is but a distant memory, replaced by music made by genius, waterfalls, and rows of waving palm fronds.

We have that. It is not available by pushing a button, but we will enter that world instantaneously. There will be no more struggles, or pain, or despair. All we have to do is trust that Jesus is who He claimed to be, and accept His gift of forgiveness for our sins. He promises that Heaven awaits those who walk with Him- a world of eternal bliss.

I don't know if the Beatles will be there. I don't know for sure who will be there. I do know that the Bible promises I will be there if I surrender my life to God. I imagine Hawaii, gorgeous as it is, won't hold a candle to Heaven. And the music of the Beatles, perhaps unsurpassed here on Earth (in Asherel's opinion anyway) won't begin to rival the voices of angels echoing through eternity.

Meantime, I'm in my temporary home again, with a load of wash to fold.

1 John 1:1-4 (NIV)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched---this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. [2] The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. [3] We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. [4] We write this to make our joy complete.



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