“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, The Message).
Contrary to the title of a popular book, your best life is not now but is yet to come. I’ve heard that this life at best is like a clean bus station or terminal. You might really like being there, but you’re not about to pack all your things and move to a Grayhound bus station or to an airport. Those places are only temporary until you get to your real destination.
Sometimes I forget this life is temporary. This world is temporary. I’m not meant to be at home in this present age where we live in a beautiful but a broken world. This life can be great at times but also sorrowful and savage as well. While there are moments of beauty, there are tragic and brutal moments as well that many of us can scarcely begin to fathom.
We also can’t imagine what’s to come, but it’s beyond our imaginings in a good way. It’s exceedingly and abundantly more than we can imagine or dream or hope for. And it will be just as permanent as this life is temporary. It will be the truest sense of eternal life, both in terms of quantity and quality. It’s like what C. S. Lewis said about all our lives up to the point of eternity being like the preface and title page and table of contents. Heaven is the real story where each chapter is better than the last and you never want the story to end. And the best news of all is that it doesn’t.