Perhaps I was born for another time . . . A bustling little English village around the turn of the century (1900), set amongst rolling hillsides and green meadows, how inviting is that to me. Sitting in a luscious garden surrounded by manicured hedges and fragrant flowers, would also do nicely. To that add a couple of delightful lady friends sipping tea on a mid-summer’s afternoon. To complete this peaceful scene would be a small stone cottage surrounded by a fence layered in stone and a little white picket gate. Oh, so welcoming would be this picturesque scene.
A time when everything was so prim and proper; such etiquette and manners displayed – now long since gone. Let me also note the social graces observed of that day, with respect for all endearing town folk. With such eloquent pleasantries one could but return the same cordial greetings with high regard.
Ladies and gentlemen alike, taking such devotion and pride in their attire – bonnets and lace – top hats and tailored cloaks – were the dress of the socially elite in that fine day. Pity though the times when ladies fair wore bustles and corsets beneath those elegant gowns. This I could do without! Were I to be able to travel back in time, for but even one day, would be just enough to ‘tickle my fancy’ you might say.
Without further a-do, let me hasten to say that this fantasy daydream cannot measure up to what it will be like one day when I step over into that glorious place called Heaven. My sweet Jesus has indeed prepared for me, and others who have chosen this wonderful invitation, to join Him in eternity.
One last thought: Just maybe there will be elegant ladies and gents and gorgeous gardens up there, too, for me and YOU! Because he has promised in His divine Word that He is preparing a mansion just for us:
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
I’m sticking to that glorious promise! Hallelujah! It will be so much more magnificent than I can dream or imagine!
“. . . And they lived happily ever after”; a perfect ending to a perfect story. And yet it will be just . . .