We came to a place today I had never been before. Flamingo — the southernmost “outpost” in the Florida Everglades. How could the day have been more beautiful, Lord?
Sunny skies. Temperature in the mid-seventies. An amazing expanse of wide open “grass seas.” That is, after all, the Everglades. Hundreds of birds. Freshwater crocodiles. Manatees. And yes… one or two mosquitoes. 🙂
Amazing, Lord… simply amazing!
That got me thinking. Lots of people have a “Bucket List.” A list of places they want to visit — to experience — before they die. There are so many places I have not seen throughout the world, Lord. Yet, I know I will have all of eternity to see whatever makes up the New Heaven and New Earth You will one day create.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Wow. Maybe that’s why I started thinking about my Heavenly Bucket List, Lord. It is not a list of places. It is a list of people with whom I want to connect. People with whom I will certainly connect someday. And there will be no hurry. We will have all of eternity to get together and share…
… our testimonies about You, Lord.
There is nothing I love more than hearing (and sharing) how You have met others (and me) in our need and transformed our lives! How many priceless discoveries are awaiting us, Lord, among the infinite encounters You have in store for us?
Like the woman who was caught in adultery. You saved her life, Lord. Her accusers had to acknowledge their own sin. They dropped their stones and walked away. You exhorted her to leave the life she had been living. (John 8:3-11)
But what happened next, Lord? Who was the first person she told of Your unexpected grace? How did she break the news to her lover? Did she just leave her life of sin, or did she leave her life altogether and follow You? Was her passion for You such that her “x” was moved to seek You, too?
How about the woman who bled for twelve years? She had spent all she had on doctors who couldn’t help her. She fought the crowd for one touch of Your cloak… and she was healed. (Mark 5:25-34) Where did she go next? Who did she tell? The very doctors who had failed to find a cure? So they, too, could be stunned by the outcome of Your Touch?
What about Jairus, the synagogue leader, whose daughter You raised from the dead? (Mark 5:35-43) What did he later say when other synagogue leaders grumbled about You? What did she remember… while the mourners were wailing outside? In the moments just before — and just after — You took her hand?
“All the earth bows down to You; they sing praise to You, they sing the praises of Your name. Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind!” (Psalm 66:4-5)
My Heavenly Bucket List. Who else should be on it, Lord?
I can hardly wait!