I Can Only Imagine
by Paul Walerczak
This past week I had an opportunity to sit down with my good friend Bill Winke, founder of Midwest Whitetail, and board member for Without Excuse Ministries. I always look foward to getting together with Bill. Our visits are always encouraging and this one was no exception to the rule!
When I walked into Bill's office there was a particular trophy on his wall that caught my eyes instantly. I knew the name of this buck in a split second. I had watched the story of this trophy unfold during the winter months of the Iowa whitetail season in 2011. It was an amazing story and you can watch all the highs and lows of Bill's quest right here at www.midwestwhitetail.com.
The story of the Double G4 buck is pretty amazing to say the least. Although Bill did not actually harvest this buck, when you stand in front of this shed mount of the buck it is simply impressive. There are many words that begin to come to mind. Words floated through my mind like awesome, impressive, wow, unbelievable, beautiful, and amazing. It is something how many of us got so involved in the story about Bill's quest to harvest this special deer. As I looked at the Double G4 sheds it was as if I was visting an old friend. You can learn more about how Bill had the sheds mounted by clicking here.
I knew I would be impressed with this deer, but just didn't realize how impressed I would be. As I look back on that visit another important application comes to mind. God's creation is simply astounding! If I am this impressed with His creation what will it be like when I actually meet the Creator of all things face to face. It will be a humbling experience I can assure you of that! This side of heaven I know that I will be impressed with all that the Bible describes heaven to be like, but just as with the Double G4 buck, I can not imagine just how impressed I will be. Will I grasp for words, fall down as though I were dead, weep with joy, realize just how blessed I am to be standing in His prescence, or stand silent and worship. I am sure it will be a combination of all of those things and much, much, more! The apostle John put it this way in 1 John 3:2 NKJV - "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is". AMAZING!
Being in the Creator's prescence for all of eternity is something that can only be obtained by putting our trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This involves a confessing and repenting of our sins, placing our faith in Jesus and His finished work upon a cruel Roman cross, and finally His physical, bodily resurrection. Romans 10:9 NKJV - "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation".
With each passing day I find myself longing to be with my Creator, almighty God. I find myself echoeing the words of John in Revelation 22:20 "..even so, come Lord Jesus, come".
Blessings on your week,
Since a young age Pastor Paul has had a love for the outdoors. After he became a Christian in October of 1994 God began to use the great outdoors to demonstrate to Pastor Paul the eternal truths of scripture. In this section he will share some of these thoughts via written or audio devotionals.