True Celebration

This past weekend I went down to Florida to visit my brother for his 50th Birthday. We had an awesome time celebrating. Walks on the beautiful beach, palm trees, and sunshine. This was pretty easy to take, if you ask me, and when winter hits here in Pennsylvania in a few months these memories will help me get through the icy season.  Where he lives in Jacksonville many of the locals were gearing up for the local Jaguars football game. The Jags were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers, a true barometer to see how good your team really is playing.  Surprisingly, the Jaguars actually won a stunner and the city was celebrating. I thought about celebrations a lot this weekend with both the football victory and my brother’s birthday going on. What does true celebration look like? Does the Bible have anything to say about this?

In 1 CORINTHIANS Chapter 2, the Bible says:

But as it is written: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.”


Wow, imagine that for just a second! Wait, you can’t, according to this verse. Let’s do this:  Picture the most beautiful thing you have ever seen. Scenic beach, beautiful sunset, a painting perhaps. If you thought of something you have seen, God’s version he has waiting for you in heaven is far better. Try to remember the most beautiful sounds you ever heard. Maybe it was a concert, an opera, a bird singing, or your baby’s first cry. God has sounds you have never heard, waiting for you in heaven. You will not realize what your eyes and ears were truly created for until you get to heaven. The last part of the verse – “Neither has entered into the heart of man” – covers just about everything else. Anything you have ever imagined, played around with in your head, or dreamed about, God says cross that off the list, because what I have in store for you far surpasses that. It’s just incredible when you think about and mediate on the love and plans God has for those who love him. It was nice to see the Jaguars win for the city. It was tremendous to spend time with my brother in Florida and I now have memories that will last a lifetime. But oh man, I can’t wait to get to heaven and see what God has planned. Can you imagine what God has in store for you?