I love nature. My happy place is the beach. I love grass and trees and ALL the flowers. However, for my family’s most recent vacation we skipped the ocean and the mountains.
We flew to the big city, New York City!
I loved it. I loved the bustling streets. I loved riding the subway. I loved walking everywhere. I loved the diverse neighborhoods from Chinatown to Little Italy, Greenwich Village, and the Upper West Side. I thought the architecture was beautiful and the skyscrapers impressive.
When we left the city, I felt sad. I kept wondering what it would be like to live there? I know it must be hard, expensive, dirty, noisy, dangerous. Then I remembered what Revelation 21:2 says, “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her husband.”
A Kingdom City Like No Other
I will live in a city someday! With God, the greatest superstar celebrity of all time! If there is a Times Square, the name of Jesus will be flashing on every screen. He will not be unreachable like our celebrities, but with us, near enough to wipe our tears and finally live with us. The city will be pure and clean and beautiful, bedazzled with every kind of jewel. It will be huge! The Bible describes it with enormous dimensions wide and long and high, so I wonder if there will be skyscrapers!
I will live in a city with a community of God’s people. The Bible says the glory of the nations will be there. I wonder if I will be able to walk the streets and see all the cultures of the world, their food, their art, their diverse beauty. I imagine people playing games in a park or chatting in coffee shops, bagel places, and pizzerias.
If you have ever worried that life in heaven will be as dull as sitting on clouds playing harps, worry no more. People call New York City the “city that never sleeps” because the restaurants and stores are open late and people are always out and about. New Jerusalem will actually be the city where there is no night. It will always be lit up by the light of the Lord and the gates will always be open. Eternal life will be a city life and that could never be boring!