Getting over a stomach flu is like Heaven

Three weeks into our arrival to Montreal our family was hit with a vicious stomach flu. Unfortunately, it even lasted through Christmas. Thankfully, God is good even when we’re sick and gives us opportunities like this to appreciate Him and desire for restoration even more!
Getting over a stomach flu is like Heaven. The flu virus totally depraves your body of health, strength, joy and peaceful rest. Body aches make every muscle sore; feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck. Fevers spike your body temperature from sweating hot to shivering cold. Nausea expels your sustenance and dehydrates your whole body.
Waking up to Heaven must be like that first beam of warm light you feel when you wake up from laying in bed all day in pain, then laying in bed all night in exhaustion…then the morning comes. The first sip of cool water or Gatorade that soothes your cracked lips and quenches your deep thirst is life giving! The first food you can keep down is revitalizing. You take a shower and you start to feel like yourself again.
One day we will feel like ourselves again… the selves we haven’t known yet. The original man and woman of God’s creation were the most-fully-human-beings; unhindered by flaw and not limited by sin and malfunction. They were made in God’s image. They were “very good” when everything else around them was just “good” (which I would bet we would call “perfect”).What was meant to last forever in perfect order fell out of order for a time (the time we are in now) and has continued to degrade and decay until a time when everything will be restored by our Creator and Sustainer.
Based on the original glory we fell out of (in the first book of the Bible, Genesis) and the future glory we will enter into (in the last book of the Bible, Revelation) we can see how entering Heaven will be like waking up from horrible sickness. Being there, it would be like we didn’t even know how sick we were on earth until we feel how healthy and whole we are in Heaven. The decrepit disease of sin is so pervasive we’ve just gotten used to it and medicate it ourselves. Medicating our hunger for wholeness ourselves with the buffet of the world’s cheap thrills is like the children in the slums of La Saline, Haiti, who fill their starving bellies with mud pies mixed with butter and baked in the sun. It only fills them temporarily and prolongs the inevitable disease and death. Our Creator who designed us to be fully human, not the fragmented, shadow-veiled, humans we are today, holds out His hand with the true life-bread so that we can wake up to new glory one day!
About this bread, Jesus had a conversation with some Jewish leaders in his day:

Jews: “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”

Jesus: “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Jews: “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Jesus: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

-From John 6:31-35

There’s bread… and then there’s true bread. Sure they both give life, but only one gives true life. So who is this bread for? Who did Jesus come to and who will respond? Check it out:
Here’s another run-in with the Jewish leaders (Pharisees):

The Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at [Jesus’] disciples, saying; “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

-From Luke 5:30-32

Waking up from sickness is so good. Our whole family is now recovering from a severe round of the stomach flu. How awesome will it be for all who realize they are sick to go to the true, divine physician and take the true bread of life (which is himself) and one day wake up from all of this!

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