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Topic: Rejoicing (11/22/04)
TITLE: Paradise Gained
By Karri Compton
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When I first realized God loved me, I could barely breathe. My tears were joyous as I gave my life to my Redeemer. I was ecstatic on the day I married my soul mate. The angels rejoiced along with me as my children became Christians. But nothing can compare to what I am experiencing right now. I have been waiting my whole life for this moment.
It’s all happening so fast, and yet I realize I have all the time I’ll ever need. My senses are at the brink of overload as I revel in each new discovery. The light pervades every millimeter of space so that there is no shadow. Before me is a vast array of vivid colors, textures, and patterns beyond description. Breathing is no longer necessary as my whole being inhales its surroundings. Melodies and harmonies weave into an intricate tapestry of matchless sound. Emotion swells into an intoxicating joy. The flawless beauty of object and creature alike is overwhelming. Everything is so…perfect.
I am truly alive! In total abandonment I run, leap, dance, and fly without fatigue. No more am I captive to the now cast off body of flesh. Authentic freedom and healing can be permanently enjoyed. My fears have shattered like a million shards of broken glass. This is unadulterated bliss magnified infinitely. And yet, I am not fully complete.
There. The One I have been waiting for. Eyes that burn with fire and pool with love illuminate my soul and pierce me to the heart. Finally, I gaze on my Savior's face so radiant, thinking just a glimpse would’ve contented me forever. I prostrate myself before Him in uncontrolled weeping, still thinking I am unworthy. Then He slowly and tenderly lifts me up, bringing me into a breathless embrace, causing my soul to surge in ultimate delight. At last, what I have been longing for is mine for eternity!!!
“Honey, wake up.” A faint but familiar voice invaded my consciousness.
“No, no, let me stay…please…” I struggled to regain the vision which had so captivated me. My imagination was so cruel to have tricked me into believing I was actually there. In heaven. The only consolation I have is that one day it won’t just be a dream, but a reality.
Karri F. Compton