by Welby O’Brien
It seems like the older we get, the more we dream about and search for the ideal place to live. Beach paradise Hawaii…tropical lazy Florida…sunny exciting California…rural relaxing Montana…the Greek islands…mountain peaked Colorado…beautiful British Columbia…and on it goes. But not for long. We soon discover that every place has its hurricanes, snow storms, droughts, earthquakes, crime…and on it goes.
Some people are fortunate to reap the benefits of multiple locations, such as arid Arizona in the winter and the cool Northwest in the summer. But even then there is no place that I know of that is perfect…here on earth anyway.
Looking back in time we can see that originally there WAS a perfect place to live. Adam and Eve had it all. But unfortunately they did not think so. And tragically they rebelled against the loving God Who had given them everything a human being could ever want or need. As a result, the human race and the earth we inhabit are under a curse until the promised time of a new heaven and new earth.
Although there is no perfect place to live here now, the good news is that it is coming for all who believe in Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross for us. He promised that He was going to prepare a place for us. And according to the scriptures, the new layout will FAR surpass the original one…which as we know was and is amazing!
I still enjoy dreaming about a better place to live here, and keep my ears and eyes open for any “well kept secret” towns. But I am not on hold waiting for one, and realize that even if I did find “it,” it would only be temporary at best. So for today I’m going to count the blessings I DO have here in this imperfect world, and enjoy thinking about what that future perfect place might be like. At least no matter where I am, I know Who is with me, and HE is what makes any place perfect.
“I go to prepare a place for you…
that where I am you may be also.”
~Jesus (John 14)
Welby O’Brien holds a teaching degree from Biola University and a Master’s Degree in counseling from Portland State University. She is the author of Good-bye for Now, and Formerly A Wife, and LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (www.LoveOurVets.org). She is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America, as well as Shepherding Women in Pain. www.welbyo.com