Yesterday was the celebration of independence here in Guatemala and other Central American countries. The bands began the day before and even continue this morning. I walked my way into the sea of people yesterday and tried to blend in which is a ridiculous attempt when you are “white”…but the people are so gracious and I was fine.
I watched the children in mayan dress with their eyes wide open and hearts full of anticipation. The students processed in uniforms, costumes and dreams….all displaying the expressions of honor, respect and love of their country. I could feel their dreams in the sounds of the trumpets, their strength in the beating of the drums and their joy in the bells. I prayed for the opportunities of their futures.
So this morning my reading is from Revelation and the verses 21:24-25 tickled my ears. It is a vision of the “Holy Jerusalem” and the parade of the nations. “Its gates will never be shut by day and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.”
What we do on earth can give us a glimpse of what we will experience in heaven. The difference is that the boundaries of our individual countries will be no longer. The gates will be open – the tribes will be welcomed. I won’t stand out as “white” and we will all be sounding our trumpets and dancing to give our Creator honor and glory. I really enjoyed the celebration yesterday and it gave me a little bit bigger picture of the parade in Jerusalem to come. God speaks in mysterious ways.