Pumpkin Muffin (2 Corinthians 12:3-4)

When my daughter was about five years old, she requested an unusual treat.

 

“Dad, could I have a pumpkin muffin?”

 

I was amused. “But sweetheart, you’ve never had a pumpkin muffin. Why do you want one?”

 

Without hesitation she replied, “Because I like it!”

 

“But you’ve never had one!”

 

“But I know I will like it!” she persisted.

 

“Ok sweetheart.” I smiled. And with that, we headed off to the bakery and surprisingly, we found a pumpkin muffin! I purchased it and we both enjoyed the treat. Yes, she did like it!

 

There are some things in life that we are convinced we will like, even though we have never experienced it. For myself, I know I will enjoy riding in the Goodyear blimp. I know I will enjoy seeing the aurora borealis. What about Heaven? Some non-believers and seekers deride Heaven as a boring place where we will have wings like angels, play a harp, and lounge around on clouds. It may be that but there is danger to assume something about a place that God has created for all believers who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  

 

And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.

2 Corinthians 12:3-4 (ESV)

 

In this passage, the Apostle Paul recounts an experience in his life from fourteen years earlier. Most Bible scholars believe that Paul either died or was near death after being stoned in Lystra (Acts 14:9). Paul was taken up to Heaven and saw and heard things that were unspeakably astounding. Because of this experience, Paul knew what was awaiting him and looked forward with eager anticipation to the day when He would be in the presence of Jesus. Heaven was something so beautiful, so magnificent, that even Paul, one of the most eloquent and prolific writers of the New Testament, could not even begin to describe the experience!

 

In other passages from the Bible, we are given glimpses of the grandeur of Heaven. Innumerable angels and heavenly beings worshipping and singing in the presence of God. No more tears, pain, or sorrow-only joy, peace, and happiness for all eternity.

 

Heaven. I have never been there but I know I will like it!

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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