My husband and I have been away on vacation to Zion National Park in Utah. It’s a beautiful place and one you should visit if you ever have the opportunity. We’ve visited several times, but last week something very unusual happened. It snowed!
We weren’t exactly prepared for the occasion, but we did have warm coats and ponchos. We did not have proper shoes for hiking in the snow. However, we decided that hiking in a snow blanketed Zion was a rarity not to be missed by staying indoors. We hiked a couple of miles and took a ton of pictures. By the time we returned to our cabin, my feet felt like frozen blocks of wood. But it was worth it!
By the following afternoon, most of the snow had melted. We decided to take the same hike and take pictures along the way. Here are a couple of “before” and “after” photos.
And the next day, AFTER:
Because of the melting snow, there were waterfalls everywhere!
My response to the grandeur of creation is worship for the Creator. My thoughts also turn to the New Earth, the eternal dwelling place for those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:13)
If this fallen world can be as grand and majestic as this, think of the utter beauty that awaits us when all is made new. We can only imagine what the New Heaven and New Earth will be like. Consider what John MacArthur has to say about it:
“Some day when the heavens are destroyed by burning, as Peter says in 2 Peter 3:12, and when the elements melt with intense heat, he says we will look for a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells…No longer smarting under the curse of sin. No longer being torn by steel to yield up its wealth. No longer infested with thorns and briars. No weeds in your garden…Eternal soil never cut with graves, sod never moistened with blood, never stained with tears. An earth whose forever hills flow with salvation rivers and whose eternal valleys know only the sweet paradise of God.”
Our future dwelling place. A place so sublime, we won’t even remember the old one:
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)
Yes, the picturesque beauty of places like Zion National Park can impress our hearts and arrest our minds, but how much more awaits us in our future Zion, the eternal Jerusalem, the place whose builder and maker is God! This is the place where every tear is wiped away and pain and death will be no more. Here, our radiant eternal home, where we will have no need for sun or moon because the glory of God Himself is the light and the Lamb is the lamp. It is this Zion that I long for, don’t you?
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. (Psalm 48:1-2)
Before I close, and in the interest of keeping this already long post a bit more brief, I will only suggest that you take some time to read about the New Heaven and the New Earth in the 21st chapter of Revelation.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel