This post is a continuation of my March 25, 2007 post ~
There is something up ahead! There is a warmth, I can feel it, radiating off of this golden city in the hills. There is a brightness; it is shining. The hue is pure sunshine, more than sunshine, the love of God~ it radiates all around this place. I see them! Castles in the sky, I see chapels, I see churches, I see God's influence everywhere...His love...His mercy...His joy. It is all there! My pace slows, I want to stop, to take it all in; His grip gently tightens around my fingers and He continues to lead me on. I am struck speechless, thoughtless, my chest withstanding a blow that I cannot comprehend. This beauty, this love~ like nothing Earth could ever be, this holiness, we could never be this good. There is no sin there, I can feel it. No pain. No suffering. No death!! I am quickening my pace now, the grounds warm under my bare feet. I want to get there! Hurry up!! Laughing, I start to run. There is a joy unspeakable rising up within me; I do feel like dancing! Laughing along with me, Jesus runs along beside me , His grin wide, His face radiant,loving. "He is here! The father! Your father!!" He says, smiling broadly. His arm is outstretched, welcoming me to this great, celestial city. I am crying now, I can feel the hot tears spilling out of my eyes and travelling down my face, dropping off my chin, but they are happy tears, tears of joy!~ I know that I am home!
The path leads uphill towards a welcoming court, with a well there and people all around it, believers fellow shipping. I break free from His hand and run up as fast as I can to meet them. There are smiling faces of every color, age and sex everywhere! The well is a shining gold; the sign hanging above it says, in shining sapphire blue, "Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift." [Rev 22.17]I extend my hand to the first person I get to, a woman with kind eyes, and she envelopes me in a welcoming hug instead. "Come!" she says, "He is here!..." and she is pointing towards the crest of another hill up above us....