Is it just me, or does everyone have in their mind a vision for what Heaven will look like? I've always envisioned huge, puffy white clouds. Loved ones who passed on before me in close proximity at all times. Abundant sunshine. The fragrant aroma of lilacs drifting through the air. Ice cream available at a moment's notice.
This past weekend, I've altered - or at least added to - that vision just slightly. My idea of Heaven is going to include a large, beautiful lake with a scenic shoreline of exposed rock and tall trees. The weather will be a constant 85 degrees with a very slight breeze. There will be spacious docks for lounging on and jumping off. The water will be a comfortable temperature, warm enough to encourage complete immersion but cool enough to feel refreshing. For those moments of adventure there will be boats of all variety - kayaks for exercising and sightseeing, speed boats for tubing and skiing, pontoons for cruising and relaxing. Comfortable rafts and an abundance of noodles will keep those who want to be afloat, but swimming is also welcomed and encouraged. Snacks will be almost as plentiful as the laughs. And since in my Heaven I can paint things however I want, I'll have ripped arms, six pack abs, my legs will magically be six inches longer, and all body parts will be devoid of any bumps or dimples.
Thanks to Bill and Nancy, I had a taste of my Heaven over the Fourth of July weekend (minus the awesome body image fantasy unfortunately). My family was very grateful for the opportunity. Thanks again, Andersons, for opening your home and your lake to us to experience two days worth of wonderful Fourth of July festivities!