Consider for a moment or a lifetime the brightness of heaven. I woke with the clarity of light and the near-effervescence of a morning ripe with a sunny glow, thanks to an overnight snowfall. It’s a treat to those of us who live in gloomy regions in the winter, when gray skies drag a dank, somber element into the environment, to be lifted by sunshine, a bit of blue in the sky, and clean white on ground alive with moving tree shadows. The evergreens touched with snow now stand in sharp contrast to the limbs and branches in the woods around me. Who noticed them just yesterday?
Heaven will be like this. Not the snow, perhaps (who knows?) but the non-gloominess. The cleansing, as an overnight snowfall does, will allow hearts to be permanently light and full of joy.
God’s washing makes us whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). Take joy in the fact that He has made you clean. Live in that whiteness, that effervescent place within, and know that the clarity, the brightness will be even better in heaven. Dullness of heart and darkness mind, move over. Heavenly light, in us now and around us then, can’t be extinguished.
Dearest Lord, open my eyes and my heart to Your brightness, to Your glory. May I be Your light to those who need it, and in my own dark seasons, may I never forget to reach out to grasp Your light, not settling into the darkness. Your grace, your brilliance, and your beauty, are always there.