We all hear the stories of how Heaven is so beautiful and colorful, sparkly, blissful, and all the other happy adjectives that go with it. However, every once in a while I can’t help but wonder if, after a while, it will become just a “norm,” something that we’ll take for granted as we humans sometimes tend to do.
I have recently returned from my annual trip to the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Most times I visit there, my view of the majestic landscape is obstructed by trees. But, the cabin we rented this year had a pretty nice view of the mountainous landscape.
Upon first glance, it was just “nice.” I began to think that it looks the same every year, and I wasn’t much impressed. I consciously recognized how I was beginning to take the view for granted having visited there so many times. And when I am aware that I am doing so, I remind myself that I need to “take time along the way to smell the flowers,” to slow down and to make a greater effort to appreciate God’s creation for what it is—a gift to us.
As the weekend passed by, each view of that same mountain range was different every time I looked at it—whether it be mid-day, sunny and clear, or raining in parts of the valley while not in others. “Smokey” clouds filling the basins; or the sun setting behind the range, at times appearing as if there were ravenous burning wild fires.
I was in awe of the assortment of stunning picturesque views that I was able to witness in the short span of four days! And I was once again reminded that God’s gifts never get boring. And if we can experience that little taste of Heaven on earth, I have no doubt that our eternal home will be magnificent and perpetually exhilarating.
Photos: Sharon Lape