Friday, October 31, 2014

To Die For

On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. -Revelation 22:2b

So we have with a fair amount of certainty identified one of the fruits (with its healing leaves) as chocolate.

What the Aztecs viewed as fit only for kings and gods, we acknowledge to be God's greatest blessing to the taste buds of man.

And since we know that creation is cursed by the Fall of humankind, how could we begin to imagine how delicious that heavenly chocolate will be?

I asked a German young person of my acquaintance to compare the chocolate made in her homeland to that made here in the U.S.

"There is no comparison," she replied.

So yeah, like that, only more so.

This morning, Ms. Joycie roes from her sickbed with a hankering for the taste of a biscuit. Those of you who have been privileged to eat this woman's biscuits know what I'm talking about.

Tender, moist, light, flaky. fluffy, melt in your mouth (and I mean that literally) biscuits. Every adjective you could ever in all your lifetime think of to describe how marvelous. how delicious, how soul-satisfying a biscuit could be. Add it to this list.

In other words, the second of the fruits (with leaves for the healing of the nations)could just possibly be (drumroll please):  TA-DA---Ms. Joycie's biscuits!

Just like the joke in which the fine Christian lady asked to be buried with her fork, we understand that the best is yet to come.

Scenes of heavenly joy and beauty described in Scripture beggar the imagination and we can only dimly perceive them when we think on those things which delight us in this life.

You've heard it said, "I feel so bad I'd have to die to get better?"

Well, that's kinda the plan, isn't it?

We enjoy so many of God's blessings as we serve Him here on earth. We strive and pray to see the kingdom go forward and all the while look forward to that day "when in my flesh I shall see God."

Meanwhile, the search continues.

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