Euphoria to the Max
I could see the road sign ahead of us and remembered the first time I had seen this mom bear and her two cubs, indicating bears in the vicinity. I grabbed my phone and made a photo to send my sons, as this is not a typical sign on Texas highways. I smiled as we drove passed, remembering my first glimpse of it. The excitement had abated. I thought, too, of my first visit back to this northern country. I couldn’t stop the tears of joy. Now as we make our way back each year, my most common thought on our arrival is, "I’m glad all those miles are behind us.”
I’ve wondered why our first reaction to that new home feeling, new car feeling, new job feeling, or newly-wed feeling can’t continue. Genuine feelings can still be there, but euphoria that Webster defines as intense excitement, eludes us after a while. There’s only one area of my life where this never, ever happens.
Whether in the early hours of the morning or in the stillness of night, there’s no let down with God. When we get serious with Him, He sees our sincerity and rewards us with a relationship that this world can’t even come close to. He assures me I’m not supposed to be permanently excited here and reminds me, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (I Cor. 2:9 NKJV) I believe just being in the presence of a Father that loves to such a degree will be ultimate satisfaction with no let downs.Antje is a columnist for Parents & Kids Magazine. She and her husband, Richard, spend time between Mississippi and Michigan.