I’ve written before about my struggles with contemplating eternity. Lest you get the wrong impression, there are certainly some things that I’m really looking forward to.
Here’s two of them.
First, I’m looking forward to no longer needing a passport or visas in order to travel. I have mentioned in other posts that I travel internationally on a fairly regularly basis. There is always a bit of stress that results, and much of it surrounds dealing with the government bureaucracies of various nations in order to ensure that all of my paperwork is in order. You just never know when a particular official–anywhere along the process–is going to give you a hard time.
Coming back to the U.S. for a longer visit a few months ago confronted me with the reality of citizenship and the use of a passport. Since being back, I have visited numerous states–and never once had to show my passport! I boarded airplanes, stayed in hotels, and no one ever asked me for my papers. The government doesn’t seem to care where I go within the borders of the United States. How bizarre!
I recognize that I am a citizen of heaven, and I am very much looking forward to the time when the Eternal King’s government is firmly in place–and documents to prove citizenship or to travel from one place to another will no longer be necessary.
The second thing I’m looking forward to is no longer dealing with the inconvenience of time zones. As a result of my travels, I have friends and associates in nearly every time zone in the world. It’s unfortunate when I’d like to talk with someone and then realize that it’s 3am for them. The relational door basically becomes closed for a while when one of us is sleeping, working, etc. and the other one is engaged in some other diurnal or nocturnal activity.
I see that there’s actually a connection between these two desires: unfettered association. In eternity, we will be able to freely meet together, communicate, congregate. There won’t be boundaries established by paperwork or clocks to keep us from journeying with our companions, for engaging with one another, encouraging one another, sharing life with one another.
From this temporal life, it’s hard to imagine what such freedom will be like. But, after all, it’s for freedom that Christ has set us free.
And I am very much looking forward to the full expression and experience of that freedom.