Longing for Paradise

Yeah, a little over a week ago we were at this place. I still can’t believe it.

It all started with a text:

“I really really really just want to stay home tonight.”

There were a lot of things going on – really good things, mind you – but my hubby was tired, and I could relate. As such, I sent him this half-joking, half-serious response:

“I’ve decided I really really really want to run away to an all inclusive resort in the Caribbean for a week. Sans children.”

I think I was expecting him to laugh, or say “if only!” or something of the sort. We had a lot of things going on and had been trying to save money to revamp our kitchen. Instead? Almost immediately he responded, “Release the funds and I am there.”

You don’t have to tell me twice!

We decided to push back our kitchen project. We researched for the best deals. We arranged for childcare for the girls. I was extra motivated to wean the baby from nursing. And then, we went.

You guys, it was amazing.

We spent our time doing things like… reading a book on the beach

Our view while reading. Breathtaking.

… snorkeling

See the little fishies? We saw nurse sharks, sting rays, sea urchins, and all kinds of colorful fish!

… swimming in the pool

The most gorgeous pool I’ve ever seen.

… and enjoying fancy dinners.

Check out that happy couple!

Throughout the planning and the trip itself, I couldn’t help but think about what was really pulling our hearts toward paradise. Aside from getting a chance to relax, why do we feel drawn to these beautiful and exotic locations?

I believe it is because our souls are ingrained with a yearning for heaven. Take the absolute best experiences of our lives, and we still, deep down know that there is something even better waiting for us.

Our vacation was everything that I had hoped it would be. The weather was fantastic and the scenery was gorgeous. But heaven is going to be even better than that.

Max Lucado, in Heaven: God’s Highest Hope, says it this way:

“…we have our moments. The newborn on our breast, the bride on our arm, the sunshine on our back. But even those moments are simply slivers of light breaking through heaven’s window. God flirts with us. He tantalizes us. He romances us. Those moments are appetizers for the dish that is to come.”

When we long for paradise, it is because it is the closest we can get to what is awaiting us in eternity. Our hearts are yearning for the day we get to be in the physical presence of our Lord. Heaven is beyond our imagination (1 Corinthians 2:9), so we seek out the closest thing to it on earth.

The most beautiful thing I’ve seen or experienced in this life is minuscule compared to what lies ahead. The wait…the work… is all going to be worth it.

“We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.” (2 Corinthians 5:3-5ish; The Message)

Interested in learning a little more about heaven? Here is a great message shared by Pastor Chris Hodges from Church of the Highlands just this past Sunday!

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5 thoughts on “Longing for Paradise

  1. Beth says:

    Wow, that sounds like an amazing vacation. I love your insight, I have never thought of it that way but it makes so much sense. Can I ask which resort you went to?? Daniel and I may need to book a trip like that too!!

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