At this point in the winter we have had our Christmas celebrations, the Christmas decorations are back in the attic, the family trips to see Grandpa and Grandma have come and gone, and our favorite football team is no longing playing. We aren’t quite to the point where spring is around the corner. Facing bitter cold day after day, sickness that is “going around,” and the reality that Valentine’s Day is still a month away can really knock the wind out of our sails.
As I reflect on this, I wonder if coldness is part of the curse of the fall. And by fall I don’t mean the season Fall but the fall into sin. Since Adam and Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit, we have been living in a broken world. My curiosity took me to the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22. Does this passage mention “warmth?” Here’s the portion I read:
“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp for the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1-5)
Well, no mention of heat or warmth specifically. But we do learn from this passage that there will be no need for the sun anymore. No more night time, no more lamps. The Lord God “will illumine them.” Sounds warm, doesn’t it? Oh, how I long for that reality to be true. It will be absolutely wonderful to be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now that warms my heart (and my fingers) on this chilly Minnesota winter day.