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A Perfect Place

Jeanne Mott
A Perfect Place
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
For the first heaven and the first earth passed
away, and there is no longer any sea. Rev. 21: 1

When I come here to the mountains and wander around the hills, sit by the river, and observe the majestic green peaks, I am always enamored by God’s creative perfection. Surrounded by the living walls of green, I feel enshrouded in the very arms of God. The whispering wind in the leaves, the ceaseless cadence of the old New River, the thrilling trills of birds, and the cool mountain air always make me feel this place is perfect. I imagine the lives of my ancestors and Native Americans, walking the same paths I walk, sitting on the same rocks by the river where I sit. This valley and these hills will be here long after I’m gone, long after my grandchildren are gone. Surely this is an everlasting place. Yet, God’s word tells me otherwise. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. Just as Moses covered his face to hide the fading glory of God from his face, so this mountain beauty is veiled so that we cannot see its fading glory. It’s easy for me to focus on the temporal and the beauty I see around me, but scripture tells us, “the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18)
I can enjoy God’s creation, but I must remember it is not something of eternal value. I can’t begin to imagine how marvelous the new earth will be when this one seems so perfect to me now.
Dear Lord, I praise you and thank You for the beauty of the earth.
Help me to remember though, that heaven is my home, and that I’m only a sojourner
here. Give me a passion for the eternal, not the temporal. Remind me there is now no perfect
place. Only when there is a new earth and heaven, and You dwell among us, will there be
perfect place. Amen

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