And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
I was looking at a two-hour drive across the state of Florida. Worse than this, it looked like I was going to have to begin the trip heading directly into the sun. About an hour and a half into the drive I realized the sun had not yet set. In fact, it somehow managed to continually remain just below the reach of my sun visor, yet inches above the pine trees on the horizon. By driving directly into the sunset, I was actually appearing to slow down its inevitable decent. It was a romantic sight for my wife, but agonizing for me.
The Lord recently brought this visual back to my mind in the middle of a worship service. It was accompanied by the thought, “Heaven is going to be like an endless drive into the sunset.” Never again will the light set on my day. Death will have no victory, and tears will be a distant memory (Rev 21:4). The brilliance of God will become an all-encompassing source of light. I imagine His glory will be so great that it hurts to gaze upon, yet so brilliant that you can help but to want to look.
When I was a child, I often became uncomfortable thinking about doing nothing other than praising God for all of eternity. Before my drive across Florida I would still be tempted to think this way every once in a while, now I find myself doing the direct opposite.