I, my family and some friends recently went on vacation to a beach in South Carolina.
My daughter has been to the beach before, but she was too young to remember the experience. This was her opportunity to get reacquainted.
We arrived very early in the morning (middle of the night basically), so she was able to hear the waves but not able to see anything. I don’t know what she saw in her imagination but I know her imagination didn’t prepare her for reality.
When “we” woke up that morning (with a little prodding of, “Do you want to go see the ocean?”) we walked out on to the balcony (which was approximately 150 yards from the shore), and the first word out of her mouth was, “Whoa!” She didn’t need to say anything else.
Her anticipation was not disappointed. Her hope became reality. Her joy overflowed.
So why am I including this story on a religiously themed site? Because you should be able to get at least two or three spiritual analogies out of it.
“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”” (Genesis 28:16-17 NKJV)