Imagine...no ''Dog Days''
Oh the “Dog Days” of summer. The days begin to look all alike
(especially the smoky ones) and routines become, well…routine.
During this time of year I grow weary of watering my small vegetable
garden twice a day – keeping the heat out of the house and the
“conditioned” air in – mowing lawns and setting sprinklers; things
that were relaxing in May and June become chores. I’m ready to give
my squash plants over to the bugs so I can quit worrying about it, I’m
tired of the battle.
Did you ever stop to think about how much you do to compensate for
what is lacking in this world. We must build canals and string hoses
because it doesn’t rain enough. As God said to Adam in Genesis 3:19
“By the sweat of your brow you will have food to eat…” so we must work
every day to meet our basic needs. The Bible says that’s because of
sin…I guess that makes it so because the scriptures say it.
So what do we do but wait for change. I wait for the temporary relief
of fall and winter when the ground doesn’t need my constant care. I
look farther into the future and anticipate retirement when our
savings and investments meet our needs and we need not work every day
to put food on the table.
But more than all that I look forward to Heaven, where nothing is
lacking and no compensation is necessary. Where there are no “Dog
Days”, no need for changing seasons, no desire for retirement.
I hope each of you have had that moment in your life when you could
think of nothing that would add to the moment. When thoughts didn’t
stray to better times or future events – when it seems that the world
could stop spinning and you would be happy forever. A rapturous
moment of love and awe many have felt, or any mountain-top event we
are certain we will never equal.
I hope you have had that moment because in that moment you can imagine
eternal life with God.
John 14, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe
also in Me.2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were
not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you
to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
Imagine a place where no imagination is necessary. No wants. No
unmet needs. Living in the moment for all eternity. No evil (Rev.
21:27), not even a thorn or biting insect to look out for. All we
need for nourishment growing on its own (Rev. 22:2), no planting or
watering. No curse (Rev. 22:3), no sickness or pain, just an intense
desire to worship God. No need for the night (Rev. 22:5), no need for
rest; no sunburns, no shadows, no sunglasses, no sweat on the brow;
just the perfect day without end.
Aside from a physical description of the Eternal City, including gold
and pearls and precious stones there is little told us about the
goings on in the city except for spontaneous worship. But there are a
couple of curious statements that tell us we will not lose our
individuality. Revelation 21:24 says “The nations will walk in its
light” and verse 26 says “all the nations will bring their glory and
honor into the city”. And Revelation 22:2 tells us, of the trees
growing in the new city, “The leaves were used for medicine to heal
the nations.” Curious and exciting.
So, while dreaming your way out of your rut don’t neglect dreaming of
the end of dreams. The place we can scarcely imagine that will be the
end of our imagination. The place of our hope at which we will
relinquish the need to hope ever again.
D.L. Moody said…"Some day you will read in the papers, ''D. L. Moody of
East Northfield is dead.'' Don''t you believe a word of it!...At that
moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up
higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that
is immortal -- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint;
a body fashioned like unto His glorious body…That which is born of the
flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.”