How are you? I’m well.
On July 25th, I had a monthly zoom meeting with my pastor in Singapore and others. My pastor encouraged us to memorize the Scriptures, saying memorizing the Scriptures is actually meditating on them. I tried to memorize the Scriptures many times, but wasn’t really successful. But after the meeting at that night, I decided to practice it again. In July 27th, Wednesday morning, while still lingering on my bed, the Scriptures, Ephesians 2:4~7 came into my mind, especially, the verse 7, “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” So, I thought I would memorize these verses from Ephesians 2, after I memorized some verses in Psalms 103 the other day.
“4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4~7)”
It took quite long to memorize the verses and I still have to repeat them. Then, at that night, I watched a brand-new post in Superhouse Church channel in YouTube. Pastor John Fenn uploads a post on every Wednesday in the US time so it comes out usually in my evening time. The post title was “Lessons Learned by Visitations from God Part 2” and I watched it on my bed before going to sleep. At the end of the post, Pastor John shared one of Jesus’ visitations. To my amazement, he said what Jesus said to him, “You know? People get saved for Ephesians 2:6, but the Father and I saved you for verse 7.” And he went on to say that we only focus on ourselves and on the world, but the Father and Jesus are looking into the ages to come. I thought to myself, amazed, “Could it be that Christ in me kept speaking to me today about His kindness and His exceeding riches of His grace that He would show us in the ages to come?”
Speaking of His kindness, I think of Pastor John’s testimony on one of his visits to the heaven where he was surprised to meet his golden retriever Abby and his monkey Tilly. He shared this testimony in some of his audio teachings or YouTube posts and I copy what he wrote in his book, Knowing the Ways of God:
The Bible describes Jesus as coming back on a white horse and the people who accompany Him are on horseback as well (Revelation 19:11,14). Elijah was taken into heaven in a chariot pulled by horses (2 Kings 2:11), so we know that horses are in heaven. Based on that and the many times Jesus spoke to people and said, according to your faith be it unto you, Barb, the boys and I had asked the Lord to have Abby, our golden retriever in heaven. I was thankful for His faithfulness. To this day I wonder if He recreated Abby and Tilly, or made exact duplicates but I really don’t care. Just to know they are there is enough and the rest I leave in His hands.
After reading and hearing his testimony, I have a hope. I asked the Father to give me the opportunity to live with Honey girl, my Labrador retriever, in heaven. Somehow, out of almost 10 year of her life so far, I lived with her for a few months only. And she has been enjoying her company with my sister and brother-in-law and I'm grateful for that. Yet I asked the Father to allow Honey girl to be with me in eternity. I don’t care whether some people might say to me, “Well, it’s not scriptural.” I leave it in His hands. And another hope is on horses. I like horse and I like watching wild horses running. I watched a Korean show on one of our kings who became a founder of one dynasty long time ago. And in one scene where the king rode on a horse and ran across a field, I felt mesmerized and I also wanted to run, riding on a horse. And it was on my bucket list that I would own a horse or horses in my future farm house. Yet I have a fear of falling off a horse. Then, when I got to understand “the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. (Rev. 19:14)” are referred to the saints who were raptured, not the angels, I got so excited. I thought to myself, “I wouldn’t need a horse in my lifetime here on earth. I would ride on a white horse with the Lord and other saints and I wouldn’t worry about falling off a horse at all! I would wait till then.” And I also asked the Father to give me horses, Lab puppies and many beautiful flowers and trees in addition to Honey girl, in my future home in heaven. Why wouldn’t our Father give me those creatures of His I love, in eternity? I would welcome you in my home, when we are there. You’ll see my horses, Lab puppies, my garden full of flowers and trees and yes Honey girl.
Recently, Sister Margaret Seaward started a class on the book of Ephesians via zoom. I was very glad to know she teaches Ephesians and one of the class materials was Watchman Nee’s book, Sit, Walk, Stand. I felt as though the book of Ephesians and especially chapters 1 and 2 are the theme of this year to me from the Lord. In one of her classes, Sister Margaret used an illustration from her youth when her parents were missionaries in China before World War II. She said when they visited America from China, they took a boat and it took 6 weeks or so. During the trip, her mother opened one bag or one box every day for her children among many gifts from the church family. So, each day, the kids were excited to see a new bag or box opened. Her mother didn’t open all of the gifts at once in front of the kids, but one at a time so that they had something new every day. And Sister Margaret said our Heavenly Father would do likewise in the ages to come.
Friend, I look forward to the exceeding riches of our Father’s grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus in eternity as well as here on earth. And I believe the eternity would never be boring.
Have a bliss!
For the Lord is good;