Thursday, August 25, 2011

Heaven on Earth!

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” Eph 5:19

So I just got back from a week of vacation at the best place on earth!  Though there is without a doubt some bias in that statement, I challenge anyone to experience Family Camp at Ao-Wa-Kiya and not agree with me!  It has everything a good vacation should.  Food, Fellowship, and Fun, centered around a schedule (or should I say non-schedule) that allows people to spend their days as they wish.

Every family has their turn working in the kitchen, but many hands make light work, and most families actually enjoy their turn to help make things enjoyable for the other families.  Plus the food is sooo good that it is worth it!

Long conversations and afternoons watching shuffleboard by the lake are my highlights.  I am so thankful to God for this oasis.  It reminds me of the heavenly future for all who trust Christ as their savior!  The curse of sin will be gone, but work came before sin, work will still be a part of the perfect experience!  Consider the following verses:

“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15)

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6)

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10

God will have work for us to do, but because of the perfect environment of heaven and the The New Heavens and The New Earth, it will be a pleasure to serve the King.  Oh, and did you notice what these verses say about singing?  The singing is going to be great! 

That’s another of those simple pleasures that I enjoyed at camp.  Twice with Mrs. Z and once with Bert, I sat with a godly sister in Christ in the presence of God and gave Him Praise!  I look foreword to heaven, but until than, spending a week with my “family” at Ao-Wa-Kiya will Lord willing, be my “Heaven on Earth” for years to come!  Miss you camp family! ;)