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Day 98: The Throne of Heaven

Passage: Revelation 4-7

Picture the most beautiful panorama you can.
Savour a thirst-quenching drink.
Smell a fragrant aroma that infuses and lingers.
Listen in stereo to a harmony of sound.
Feel the touch of an all-consuming embrace.

Whatever each one of us has seen, tasted, smelt, heard and felt, the best is yet to come. This picture of heaven, revealed to John and communicated to us in these words, defies human description.

I am reminded of what C.S. Lewis wrote at the end of the adventures in Narnia, after all the battles were fought:

“But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.  All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

For us too the story is only beginning…



Day 96: A Voice and A Vision

Passage: Revelation 1:1-20

On Sunday I was at a church service and this passage was the one on the order of service. I was intrigued when I noticed it, as I love to hear insights into the book of Revelation. But instead of preaching a sermon, the Minister encouraged us to find a quiet space in the church and listen for what God has to say.

I have to admit I would have preferred a sermon! Why? Because I knew that I hadn’t been listening for His voice that often lately, nor have I been asking or expecting Him to show up. I was nervous…

I needn’t have been. I had forgotten that my Father is gracious and merciful and simply wanted me to come and spend time with him, with no fear or uncertainty. The words he said to John in this passage also brought comfort to me

‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one.’

I can’t claim that God gave me a vision like the one he gave to John, but I do know that I heard His voice and that it restored my soul and gave me life. I easily forget or overlook simply being with God – at times I am more concerned with studying the passage or hearing some else’s wise words. I shouldn’t be, for nothing is more important than being with my Father and allowing Him to say or do what He wants to in my life.