C.S. Lewis once observed that this life is only ”shadow lands” compared with the glory to come. Even life at its best is but a shadow of Heaven.
Does that mean we turn our backs on this world and have nothing to do with its delights? Not necessarily. Sometimes (as Lewis was suggesting) the good things God gives us are a foreshadowing, a hint of what is to come. We experience the joy of marriage, knowing it is the foretaste of an even greater joy; the heavenly marriage feast of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9). We enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, knowing it is the foretaste of an even greater beauty; the glory of Heaven (Rev. 21:23).
Take delight in the good things God gives you. Don’t be too preoccupied to ”smell the roses”! The Bible reminds us, ”Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). And every one of His good gifts should remind us of the glory to come.
Credit: Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham