The train journey from Newport to Hereford is one I make regularly. While I may try to read or even do a little work during the journey, the stunning beauty of the countryside of the Welsh Marches is always a distraction. When the sun is shining and the sky is blue I find myself especially overwhelmed by the visual delights of the blessings God poured out when He shaped this land. The constantly changing scenes that unfold outside as the train heads north towards the border with England hold my attention and remind me that what I see now will one day be replaced by something far more beautiful.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8 NIV
Sadly, only a very small percentage of the people of planet earth will ever travel on the train between Newport and Hereford and feast their eyes on the beauty outside. And some of those who do will sleep, or read, and never look out of the window. But, even sadder is the fact that so many citizens of Earth fail to look out of the window and see the Creator in creation. One day we will all see Him. And His glory will outshine anything we will ever see or experience on Earth. I can’t wait.