You know how it all started...do you know how it ends?
Reading Revelation is always a challenge for me, maybe that's the reason I don't read it often. There are a lot of 'weird' descriptions of things in the adult book and the older kids get some of it too. Imagine having to sit down and write a journal entry for something you just experienced that nobody, not even you, has ever experienced before. How would you describe things you'd never seen? You use the things you are familiar with to explain the things you aren't. Obviously John lived at a different time than we do so he relies on things we are probably not familiar with. Don't get hung up in all this stuff or try to figure it all out. That is not the reason we are looking at this book. God is a mighty God and He deserves to be worshiped, honored and praised. It appears there are beings who do just that. But they do not take our place. We need to personally worship, honor and praise God ourselves.
I like a paragraph I read in The Story for Kids...the older elementary book. It says, "The things John saw were meant to show how powerful and mighty God is, not to scare us. When we get to heaven, we'll be very happy and safe there. The best things on earth will be even better than we can imagine." If you have that book in your home, you will find that on page 257.
God spent 6 days at the beginning of The Story building this planet and the heavens around it. God made it a wonderful place and then created a very special garden where he created Man and Woman. God walked with them and enjoyed their companionship in the garden. Then sin entered the world and everything changed. Not only were Adam and Eve separated from God, but the whole system started dying. It is still dying today; you can see the pollution, the evil, everywhere you go. But one day there will be a new earth and a new heaven for those who believe Jesus saved them from their sins when he died on the cross for them. Once again God will live with his creation and walk with us in a beautiful garden.
For the longest time growing up and even after I became a believer, I thought heaven would be a place where I wore a white robe and sang songs 24/7 forever. Honestly...that does not appeal to me. But walking through a beautiful flower garden or a huge forest, or even across mountain tops with The Creator...now that is something I can look forward to!
Thank you God!!!!!
ps...We have 2 Sundays left for the Story. This will be the last week with a Parent's Page. Our last week (May 28) will be a wrap up of the last 31 chapters. The preschool and elementary school kids will have a trivia game to wrap things up.