In Revelation 21:21 it says; “And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” To be really honest, that doesn’t have any particular appeal to me. I’m not big into “gold” so a pretty patterned brick road sounds more my style or even a lovely carpet of the thickest greenest grass for going barefoot sounds better.
It isn’t so much the physical attributes I’m so looking forward to in heaven. I’ll tell you the part that makes me excited.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17) Won’t it be wonderful to be past the time of sorrow, grief, and tears?
“The tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Rev. 22:2) Won’t it be wonderful to be past the time of sickness, disease and death?
“They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” (Rev. 22:4) Won’t it be wonderful to be past the time of mystery? To see God face to face, speak to him, not through a veil, and have his name on your forehead like a great family crest!
Heaven is real. We actually will go into eternity someday and then our life on earth will feel like the shadow it always was. I’m reminded of the Robert Browning poem; “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.” I know he wrote it with Elizabeth Barrett Browning in mind but we can think of it another way; as an invitation from God. He wants us to invite him into our life now and love and serve him each day until eternity when he can show us the best which is yet to be. I don’t care if the streets are gold or not; as long as God is there, I wouldn’t miss heaven for the world.