A perfect morning…not yet

Have you ever had a perfect morning?

My husband and I are leaving for Germany in a few days, but I know it won’t be the same as that very first time about 30 years ago.

We were in Bavaria, surrounded by mountains still frosted with snowcaps. My husband and son were climbing up to a nearby castle. But, I stayed behind to rest on a bench beside the most beautiful lake I had ever seen.  Shades of aquamarine, emerald and deep ocean blue overlapped one another, like jewels glistening in the sunlight.

Tourists of all ages strolled beside the lake. I especially noticed the pink-cheeked children giggling and chasing each other past patches of gloriously painted wildflowers. I still remember the powder blue butterfly who fluttered nearby. I stared at it, having never before seen a living butterfly of clear blue. The sky overhead was blue too, radiantly blue.

The clean mountain air was invigorating and cleansing. I felt so alert and alive, and so enchanted by the beauty of nature which surrounded me. I imagined I was a character in a Grimm’s fairytale.

Although I have had many beautiful moments in my life, for some reason, God chose this particular one to more vividly impress upon me how all of earth’s joys are so fleeting. I wanted to keep that beautiful morning of the bejeweled lake and the beauty and peace which surrounded it. But I couldn’t. I had to leave, and all that remained was the memory.

Is it not true that when we experience beauty, joy, love, peace, laughter, or any of the good things of life, that we want to hold onto them…almost make them a part of us, so that we might never be without them? But, it is one of the great sorrows of life that “all good things must come to an end.”

Still, there is hope in that truth, and there is deep longing, for one day, there will be no end to our joy. Indeed, we will possess supreme happiness in absolute fullness. We will be unable to contain more, and we will never lose what we possess.

God has strewn our lives with little moments of heaven….in our child’s eyes, our spouse’s embrace, the love of a parent, a friend’s laughter, and even my morning by the fairytale lake. We taste, but we cannot consume the joys of life on earth. We cannot become “one” with them.

But even if we could……  Imagine if we could possess all at once every moment which has ever touched our souls…that in a sense, we could be one with all that has brought us joy and love in life.  We would no doubt be very happy, but we would not yet be perfectly happy.

God could have given us hearts which would have been satisfied with the beauty of creation and the love of creatures.

But Infinite Love longed to be Himself the Fullfilment of all our desires.  God would not have us content with even His most sublime creations.  He bestowed upon us the immense dignity of having souls made for no less than unending union with the Most Holy Trinity.

Such glory seems almost beyond belief.  I know that for me, there are days when Heaven seems so far away…even something like a fairytale of sorts.  Surely it is not possible to be endlessly happy, to be infinitely loved by the very One Who is Love?

But why this longing in my soul for that very thing?  A perfect “morning” that will never, ever end?  A perfect Someone to belong to forever in the most complete union possible.

Love never comes to an end…..
Now we see only reflections in a mirror, mere riddles, but then we shall be seeing face to face. Now, I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known.
(I Corinthians 13:8,12) NJB

Jesus said, “I thirst.”  It is impossible for us to exaggerate the infinite longing in the Heart of God to possess each one of us, nor His yearning to be possessed in turn by you and by me.

And, it will never end, for Jesus promised: ... but I shall see you again, and your hearts will be full of joy, and that joy no one shall take from you.  (John 16:22) NJB

And so I am returning to Germany to make more happy memories. But a perfect morning? Only on the eternal shore…

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12 thoughts on “A perfect morning…not yet

    • Thanks Anne. If I can only finish my packing 🙂 I am one of those who likes to bring the proverbial kitchen sink…and with a 50lb limit, it just won’t fit!
      I will miss all of you. xo

    • Thank you Nancy. Wish I could bring you back some German chocolate, that is, if you like chocolate 🙂 The churches in southern Germany are absolutely beautiful, so I’m looking forward to visiting them again, and seeking out the little red lamp that burns beside the King. I’ll keep all of my dear blog friends in prayer, and please remember my husband and me…crazy world out there right now! Blessings always!

    • Thank you, Colleen. I’m actually almost packed…a record for me. I bought some packing “cubes”, and they work great. My husband laughs at me, but I love all kinds of organizing “stuff”. 🙂 Whatever works is what I say! Blessings and hugs to you.

  1. Oh, this was very beautiful, my friend!
    The perfect morning that will never end…
    What a glorious thought.
    I hope you have a wonderful time in Germany and bring back more sweet memories.
    If you meet any Itzsteins or Leybs over there, tell them hi! from me.
    If you go to the monastery of Hildegarde at Bingen you will be walking on my ancestral ground 🙂
    God be with you and keep you in His care – and may He bless you again with blue skies and butterflies!
    love in Jesus..Trish xx

    • Trish, thank you for always understanding whatever I’m trying to say 🙂 Maybe we are related? LOL
      Are you of German descent, or are those names I can’t pronounce those of friends? The last time I went, my mother wanted me to look up possible relatives. She told me, “Just look in the phone book and give them a call.” And I reminded her that I didn’t speak a word of German, so if they answered the phone, now that would have been an awkward situation!

      I hadn’t thought about Hildegarde. We are renting a car, so maybe I can find her monastery if it’s not too far off our route..which is pretty flexible right now. If I do, I will surely say a prayer for you there. And, I will definitely be looking for those blue butterflies again…. 🙂

      Love you much, dear friend! Hope you are well.

  2. Patricia,
    I second Colleen and Nancy~ a beautiful and truthful post. I love the line “God has strewn our lives with little moments of heaven.” So true, and He has gifted us with a memory so as to return to them.
    Have a wonderful trip and enjoy making more beautiful memories. Prayers for your safe travel.

    • Karin, what a lovely comment! Thank you. Yes, memories can be such gifts, and it really is true that the good ones seem to last much longer than the bad ones. It’s sort of like a way to have a little “re-visit” of some happy moments. God really did think of EVERYTHING, didn’t he?

      I’ve been thinking about you, and wondering how you are doing with your new direction and discernment process. I’ll have to check your blog to see if there is any news. I’ve been pretty much away from all the blogs for the past week or so…and I miss them.

      Thank you so much for the good wishes, and especially for your prayers…can’t have too many of those! xoxo

    • Hello there, Edward Scissorhands 🙂 Now that was a weird movie! Actually, I think you must be much more like Jo in Little Women than Edward…. LOL
      Thank you so much for the prayers for our trip. That means so much. No perfect mornings….but then, we wouldn’t really want one until that first morning in eternity 🙂 I will miss you. Big hug xoxo

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