I remember the feeling I had as a boy at the end of the school day. My pent up energy was waiting to explode in running from the school yard and going to play whatever I wanted to play. Freedom! I thought nothing could be better than that. But I was wrong.
The driver’s license drew nigh. I couldn’t wait. I failed the first driving test. I can’t begin to tell you my disappointment. I had to wait “forever” (or at least one week) to take that test again. But then I had it…my piece of paper which permitted me to terrorize those country lanes. A rusty old ’55 Chevy, some gas and the open road. I just knew that nothing could be better than that. But I was wrong.
Well, after what seemed to be an eternity, I was finally to graduate from high school. Escape from the suffocating classrooms! A new lease on life…my life! My euphoria caused me to reason once again, “Nothing could be better than this!” But I was wrong.
I met a young lady. I can’t fully describe the excitement that coursed through me as I anticipated spending time with her. Food, cars, sports and other friends lost their appeal to me. I cared for nothing and no one as I cared for her. I thought, “There certainly can’t be any more wonderful feeling than this.” That’s what I thought. But I was wrong.
There came a day when she said “Yes!” to me. The wedding preparations…the smiles…the dreaming…finally the day came. The only day in my life so far when my knees literally shook. I was being married. She became mine. The beginning of life together. The honeymoon. “Surely there was nothing else to compare with this!” But I was wrong.
In time she bore our first child. I saw her labor to bring him into this world. I saw her anguish…her tears…her courage. I saw the capillaries burst in her neck and shoulders as she strained so hard. Finally I had seen that which could not be surpassed. Imagine my surprise then when they placed the precious bundle in my arms, and I looked upon the face of my son for the first time. Then I knew that nothing could be better than that.
All through my life God has been surprising me with joy…giving me better and purer definitions of good…of noble…of delightful things. But there’s coming a day, by His grace, when I will depart to be with Him…earth’s unrest will have ceased for me…the sometimes deafening questions will be gone…the terrible spectre of my sins that were ever before me will have vanished away (let it be, dear God)…my weakness will have been turned into strength…my failures swallowed up in His victory…the greatest longing of my heart will be realized as I enter the blessed Presence of the One Who has always loved me best of all and out of Whose love all the other beautiful loves of my life flowed. I will be with Him. Then I will think, “Now I know for sure…nothing…absolutely nothing…can be better than this!” And then, finally and forever, I will be right!
Beloved, let’s hang in there with Him!