What I Saw at 5:30 AM

It’s 5:30 AM and I am the only one awake in the house — the only human that is. Gideon is awake and patrolling the backyard. While I lounge on the patio, he is keeping me safe from evil squirrels and the occasional blue jay that sails into the yard.

The sky is growing brighter, slowly, but the moon still shines brilliantly against the backdrop of the heavens. A few translucent clouds waft lazily through the air as if they had just awakened.

The birds sing happily like tiny alarm clocks arousing nature from slumber. I count at least a half dozen singers greeting me this morning.

To cap it off there is my morning cup of coffee, a sublime gift from God created on the third day, one of the “plants yielding seed” of Genesis 1:11.

I am tempted to think that it doesn’t get any better than this.

I’d be wrong.

For all the glories of this present life, I know there is something far better. Something that supersedes everything eye can see or ear can ear.

There is a new place called heaven. It is the place of God. While God dwells within me (2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:22), Jesus is within me (John 17:23; Galatians 2:20 ), and the Spirit dwells within me too (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16), I await something brighter.

My finite mind cannot comprehend what an infinite treasure God has in store for me. Jesus has gone to prepare that place (John 14:1-4) and will take me there. It is a place where God’s brightness shines and where nothing vile or decaying will enter (Revelation 21:27).

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit will be there. And they will outshine the moon.

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