The tour bus trundled along a muddy ribbon bisecting 6 million acres of pristine wilderness: Denali National Park and Preserve. From their windows 35 deaf visitors studied Mt. McKinley, the Crown Jewel of the North, and delighted fingers intimately shared wonders of the wild.
Black bears and grizzlies wandered the 85-mile stretch of gravel road in the shadow of Denali. A lynx, so close that they could see her whiskers, “cooperated” for pictures with a backdrop of boreal forest. At a mile marker further inside the park, gray wolves loped mere yards from the visitors’ bus seats, indifferent to excited stares.
These sightseers couldn’t thrill to the scream of a soaring eagle, or hear a marmot whistle as it hopped into its den—but none of Alaska’s grandeur escaped them. Majestic Denali satisfied their longings to see God’s one-of-a-kind natural wonders. Emotional satisfaction bridged any physical impairments and their lifelong dreams were fulfilled.
While we live in this world, our humanness impairs our ability to comprehend eternity. A lack of “Spirit sense” troubles us. Sometimes we wonder: Will heaven, our destination, really fulfill us? It will.
We won’t be taking the tour bus back to earth after a thrilling excursion. All our senses will be reconstructed for heaven-thinking and heaven-living the instant we leave for our eternal destination.
…(Jesus) will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working by which he is able even to subdue all things to himself.
I Cor. 2:9
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.”
Lord, thank you for giving us your promise of a new body and a heavenly Spirit sense to replace our worn, earthly “common sense.”