I smiled as I snatched the colorful card from the usual pile of junk mail. It was a photograph of beautiful green rice paddies, replete with water buffalos. I turned the card over to read, “Hello from Vietnam!” It was a postcard from a good friend vacationing in Southeast Asia. It brought to mind many pleasant memories of childhood when I anxiously opened my mailbox to see if a relative or friend had sent me a postcard while on their vacations.
The ease of internet communications via emails and text messages have simplified the delivery of personalized photographs or even video messages. It seems most postcards and similar photocard incarnations are relegated to birth announcements and holiday cards. Yet, postcards still have a very special meaning and place in my heart. My friend is the only person who still sends postcards to me when he travels. It speaks of the generosity and thoughtfulness of the giver, desiring to share his joy of discovery with me. It is a celebration of his yearning and generous spirit, “Wish you were here with me!”
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Revelation 21:21-23 (ESV)
These verses are a postcard from God to let everyone on earth know what awaits in Heaven. Streets of pure gold. Pearly gates. God’s glory. God desires for all to share in the unimaginable blessings that He has created. All we need to do is confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we do, we will have salvation and eternal life. God has given us a postcard to share His promise with us. Is there any greater act of generosity and thoughtfulness, reflecting the heart of the perfect Giver?
A postcard of love and promise.
I think it’s time I send a postcard to my friend and return his kindness.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.