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…