You might dislike nature. It’s the home of mud, bugs, and sunburns. It’s also the home of beautiful views, fresh air, and wonderful fragrances. You might dislike nature, but on the other hand, you might love it. Whatever your feelings about nature, you know you should be…
When Starbucks promotes a new drink, they offer free sips (i.e. samples). Those free sips fill me to
the brim with good vibes. But the sip, albeit a good one,has no eternal effect. It's yummy in the mouth, but once down the shoot, the pleasure's gone. However... When I see a rainbow penetrate a convoy of dark clouds after a
Florida storm...that's a sip of heaven;when I see the sun cascade onto the sapphire ocean as the waves jump up to greet it...that's a sip of heaven;when I'm on the other side of a valley & undoubtedly know it's God who led me out...that's a sip of heaven;when I see a toddler smile so big at his mommy that his whole body wiggles
& jiggles...that's a sip of heaven.These sips of heaven arenotshort-lived because they're
introducing our eternal heaven!Heaven is so glorious & luminous & powerful--that we couldn't handle all of it now--so God lets us have sips. And if we know we're going there, those sips are sometimes all that keeps us going--& that's OK. Oh, I can't wait to get to heaven, but for now, I'll enjoy the sips!