So, after having a . . well, interesting very long day at work, I did something five minutes before I left to come home that was just the “icing on the cake!” I got a paper cut! Now, I’m not a whimp! Almost ten years ago, I had bilateral total knee replacement surgery. Yep – both legs at the same time. As Steve was fond of saying, “I literally didn’t have a leg to stand on!” Oh, and his favorite joke – “Guess where Courtney is? Right where I left her!” Ha Ha! Seriously – I have a high tolerance for pain, but that silly paper cut had me thinking, “I don’t want to go to hell! I don’t want to go to hell!” This hurt so much! I can’t imagine the agony of being in “the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
While that tiny paper cut reminded me of how much I don’t want to go to hell, it also made me think of how wonderful heaven will be. After the week of tears that I’ve had, the fact that “He will dwell with men, and they shall be His people, and God, Himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4) “To him that overcomes, He said, “I will be his God, and He shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:7) God cares so much for me that He, just like a parent, will be wiping away my tears and reassuring me that I am His child – the child of a King!
As for those mansions that He is preparing, (John 14:2) I hope mine is next to yours. God Bless, Courtney