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Listen while you read: "Little Drops Of Water"1 (Lyrics)
1 Corinthians 15:41 – The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. (NIV)
As I lay awake in the black hole of sleeplessness, my eyes wandered to the crack in the blinds which covered the window behind my bed. I was amazed at the glory of the spectacle above. The sky, an inky black canvas, was encrusted with thousands of twinkling stars so bright as to be surreal. My frustration with my wakefulness was instantaneously transformed into praise and awe for the privilege of viewing such unexpected splendour.
Likewise, when God calls us home and we receive our resurrected bodies, what a marvellous and glorious experience that will be as we leave behind our mortality forever. Each one of us will differ in splendour from the other just as do the stars.
1 Corinthians 15:42b-44a – The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. (NIV)
What a magnificent and utterly beautiful picture this paints for us, and how so like God to save the best for last. For just as the guests at the wedding feast thought that the water that Jesus miraculously changed into wine was the best yet to be tasted at that gathering, so also will it be when we sample our first taste of heaven and all that eternity has to offer.
Prayer: Father God and loving Lord, thank You for the beauty of creation. Thank You for the beauty of the bodies that You have blessed us with as we reside upon this earth. Especially, we praise and thank You for that which is yet to come! In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.