Now the older children knew that they were not the center of the universe, but they also knew that the universe was a much more magnificent place than they had ever imagined. They found that it was much more satisfying to play a role in a much bigger story than to be confined to the small stories that had formerly occupied so much of their attention.” ~ Doors of Destiny

We all love adventure. To be honest, I like quiet adventures best, the kind that involve drinking tea and watching birds, perhaps gliding along a lake in a canoe. My daughter, Audrey, on the other hand, is one big adventure waiting to happen. To her, no person is a stranger, just a potential friend. Every path must be explored. We walk quite a bit, finding new, interesting places to see. We also love to take “adventure rides.” We all hop into the van and when we get to an intersection I ask the kids, “Which way should we go? Left or right?” They love discovering the little country roads and neighborhoods near our home. Sometimes I have to veto their decision, like when they want to go down someone’s driveway or onto a dangerous-looking path. Then the time comes to head home. It reminds me of closing the last page of a good book; I always long for the story to continue, for the journey to stretch on and on.

King Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”

It is our nature to crave a story that has no ending, a journey that always holds discoveries. Fortunately, this story of God’s is so grand that we can’t look far enough back to see the beginning, or far enough forward to see the end. The idea makes me feel small and excited all at the same time. Times and seasons and even worlds will come and go, but our everlasting souls may go on exploring the depths of God and His creations forever.

“The children stood silently for a long time, looking at the endless possibilities that lay before them. Each seemed to be trying to take in the majesty that surrounded them, and the wonder of what might lay at the end of any of the rainbow of ribbons. Even the twins seemed to be overwhelmed by the immensity of the opportunity that had been cast before them.” ~ Doors of Destiny

I love this view of the spiritual realm, which we might refer to as heaven; endless possibilities and great beauty beyond our description. A pastor once asked: if you had a big red button that was labeled, “Go to Heaven now,” would you push it? I think some of us would hesitate for a wide variety of reasons.

What about you? If you could choose to go to heaven right now, would you?

A dear friend of mine lost her battle with cancer recently, but Praise God, sin and death have already been defeated. She has gone on, her soul traveled from this tiny place to a wide and radiant adventure.  This life here can disappoint, but God never will.

Excerpts taken from Doors of Destiny Traveler’s Companion by Darlene Melcher