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Myers: Color, beauty of heaven should make it a blast

POSTED: July 24, 2008 5:00 a.m.

On the Fourth of July, we took Chloe and Cole to a fireworks show.

To be honest, I was a little apprehensive. While I had little concern for Chloe's reaction, Cole has never been a fan of sudden, loud noises. I didn't know how he would respond to the thunder-like claps and bright shining lights high above us.

I held him in my arms, ready to comfort him should he get upset. It seems I needn't have worried. When the first firework burst in an explosion of color, Cole looked at it with a mix of awe and wonder.

For the next several minutes, we sat there in silence as the fireworks exploded overhead. Every couple of seconds I would look over at him to make sure he was still OK. His eyes were wide, his mouth agape, but otherwise he showed no reaction to the fireworks show.

Then after an especially colorful one, he finally gave me a response. He looked over at me, a wide smile tugging at the corners of his mouth and said, "Dat mah FAYvit!"

When the next one went off, he said it again. And again. And again. More times than I could count, he uttered the same proclamation after each explosion. Just when we thought we'd seen the most beautiful firework of the night, another one would detonate, topping the one before it - and grasping the coveted place of Cole's new FAYvit.

That night, through Cole's reaction, I caught a glimpse of what I think heaven will be like. Scripture tells us that heaven is a wonderful, beautiful place. Part of what will make heaven so beautiful, I believe, is its physical description (Revelation 21:9-21). I cannot even begin to imagine the splendor that I will one day see. But what I believe will make heaven even more wonderful than what it will look like is this: our heavenly father will be there (Revelation 21:22-23).

Can you imagine it? If we've accepted Jesus Christ as our savior, we will spend an eternity seeing and experiencing all the wonders of living in heaven. Not only that, we'll also spend an eternity living in the presence of God himself.

Just when we think we've seen something about heaven that's the most wonderful thing we've ever seen, we'll see something new that will awe us even more. Just when we think we've learned everything there is to know about God, we'll come to realize that we've barely scratched the surface.

As God's children we will spend all eternity, never exhausting the majesty, the glory, the wonder or the beauty of heaven and our heavenly father.

Just knowing that, that's my FAYvit!

Parrish Myers is pastor of Pine Crest Baptist Church in Gainesville.


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