Such a one was caught up to the third heaven…. He was caught up into Paradise. 2 Corinthians 12:2-4
The traveler in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, whose name was Christian, came to a point in his journey when tall mountains stretched before him. At one of the vantage points on a hill named Clear, an old shepherd offered to let him look through his telescope. Christian’s hand was shaking, but as he looked through the lens he thought he saw something like a gate and also some of the glory of the Celestial City in the distance. He burst into song and continued his journey with courage.
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul alludes to a moment in his life when God let him get a glimpse of glory. We have the same opportunity whenever we study the subject of heaven in the Bible. The Lord has revealed a great deal about our future and the everlasting inheritance awaiting us. We can look toward the future with anticipation because a place is being prepared for us.
If you have some mountains ahead of you, take a moment to peer through the telescope of Scripture and get a glimpse of the glory to speed you on your way.
Heaven is there, not far from our sight, beautiful city of light. Charles E. Pollock, “Above the Bright Blue”