The Long Tomorrow

December 30, 2010 — 2 Comments

This morning I got to watch sky fade from darkness into a radiant and blinding red and orange – and it made me think about heaven.

It made me think of heaven because, although the sunrise was spectacular, I felt that it just wasn’t enough. Something told me that this sunset was most certainly like looking through a filthy window pane – or maybe the windshield of my car earlier in the morning before the defrost started working. Almost impossible to see, yet we catch just a glimpse, a glimmer, of the greatness to come.

No more cancer. No more welling up with pain inside or overflowing with tears. No more terrorists or towers collapsing. No more orphans or parents dying. No more accidents and frantic calls for help. No more starvation, no more AIDS, no more broken homes. No more divorce, no more anger, no more worry, no more stress, no more aches and pains, no more bloody knees or broken faces. No more rumors, no more hurt feelings, no more lack of love.

And this place – heaven – will be a place so much like earth – eating, music, animals, water, trees, food, a celestial city. So much more than we could ever imagine. – and not simply floating around on clouds. It is a most wonderful place that Jesus is preparing for us, and we know He makes all things good.

And it is there we shall see His face.

That, my dear friends, is what struck me most violently as I contemplated and wondered and longed for heaven. I long more than anything else to see His face, the face of the One who has forgiven me of wrongs that no one should forgive, of sin so deep that no one would want to see it.

And we should long for Him in a radical way.

A. W. Tozer has said, “Let no one apologize for the powerful emphasis Christianity lays upon the doctrine of the world to come. Right there lies its immense superiority to everything else within the whole sphere of human thought or experience….We do well to think of the long tomorrow.” *

We do well to think of the long tomorrow. So think about it as we long to see His face. Oh, I can’t wait to go home!

* (http://www.epm.org/artman2/publish Randys_books_excerpts_from_Randys_books/59_Excerpts_from_Randy_Alcorn_s_In_Light_of_Eternity.shtm)
* Originally published December 30, 2009.

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Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

2 responses to The Long Tomorrow

  1. Hey, Tim. I am glad that I have found another Christian blogger who writes and feels about Heaven with the same passion as I do! Not many love and long for Heaven because of the deceitfulness of riches, possessions, and earthly beauties. Thank you for the reminder of how awesome, beautiful, and incomparable Heaven will be. I can’t wait to see Him face to face!

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