One of my favorite missionary stories growing up was Otto Koning’s The Pineapple Story. He tells the account of how protecting his precious pineapples became more important than loving the PNG people he was there to reach with the Gospel. Through a series of humorous, infamous events, he finally yielded his pineapples to God. He surrendered his right to enjoy the fruits of his labors. When he got back to the States and shared his story, pineapples appeared all over the place.
Hang on. I have a small analogy to make. 🙂A few days after posting The Best is yet to Come a sweet friend showed up in my cubicle with this framed artwork. She hadn’t read my blog post and didn’t know about the sign.
If this is a reappearing life theme (like the pineapples) I am ok with it! 🙂
The more I think about it, the more powerful this truth is. Who — no matter how old or young, prosperous or destitute — would not feel just a little lift of the spirit to be told “the best is yet to come”? Even if printed on their fortune cookie?
Believers have been promised this with authority. It’s a statement of reality in the written Word. Now we see in a mirror dimly but one day our faith will be made sight.
But just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
I Corinthians 2:9
The passage below is worth a s-l-o-w read. There is a lot of future reality to process here!
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and GOD HIMSELF WILL BE AMONG THEM, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son…
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
The Bride of Christ, adorned and made ready, will forever dwell with the Lamb who will be our Lamp. All things will be new. If your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life — rejoice! The best is closer than we think.