(Revelation 21:1-3)Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
As I read this passage of scripture, I thought, what a beautiful picture of our future, and I noted that what remains of the old creation are the creator and his children. We his children will be changed into our eternal existence, and be with our God.
God has given many examples in creation to teach his children. I love the life of the butterfly as an example of change. The butterfly starts out as a caterpillar, but a change is coming. Through a process that God set in motion the caterpillar will become a very different creature. The change called metamorphosis takes the lowly caterpillar and produces a beautiful butterfly.
God is always with us as we continue our caterpillar existence here on the earth, but remember a metamorphosis is coming. We have a beautiful, eternal future. God is always with us, and we have glimpses of his presence from time to time. In the new heaven and earth he will set his dwelling place among us. We’ll have the delight of his presence forever. Take time to contemplate the words of this scripture. No matter what you might be facing, a smile is likely to arise from deep within you.