Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. Revelation 22:1-3
My wife, Lisa, doesn’t like to fly. She will when she must but, if she has to fly, its not a vacation. As a result, most of our vacations involve driving. I like it. The days we travel together are the only days of the year when we sit side by side all day with noting to do but talk to each other. I look forward to those days.
Any time we travel together to a place we have never been, there are a few things you can count on. There will be some fun sites to see along the way, maybe great views or historical buildings, depending on where we are going. There will also be some difficult times. Try being stuck inside the Baltimore tunnel for a few hours while an accident ahead of you has to be cleared from the other side. There was the time we were covered in snow in Vermont; weather so bad the state police closed the highway.
Those were some hard times and there have been many more but, when we finally arrived at our destination, we forgot about those difficulties. Now we tell stories about those hazards, not out of fear, but to show how God was with us and always cared for us.
It turns out those road trips are very much like life itself. We are all on a journey in life and everyone experiences some ups and downs along the way – everything from major crashes to getting stuck behind a slow-moving lorry. Sometimes the frustration is so intense you could pull your hair out. Sometimes there is real pain, and tears to accompany it. But we keep moving forward in hopes that our destination will make all the travel woes worthwhile.
In our text for today the Lord shows us our destination – the New Jerusalem, the City of God. It is going to be beautiful and healthy and rich and we are going to live there forever under the care of our Master. Don’t be discouraged when you have to stop and change a flat my friends. Keep on moving towards our final destination. All will be well when we reach that Holy Place.