“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning. And as he spoke, he no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us, this is the end of all the stories, and we can truly say they lived happily ever after. But for them, it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had been only the cover and the title page. Now at last they were beginning Chapter 1 of the Great Story which no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
–C.S. Lewis “The Last Battle”
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. For a while I had this passage on my mirror and I would read it daily. I love how beautifully it describes the hope of heaven.
Sadly the good things we experience on earth tend to have little permanence. Loved ones pass away unexpectedly. Friends move in and out of our lives. People get sick with cancer. Marriages end in divorce. Even simple joys like the weekend or vacation quickly come to an end. I always feel restless the last day of summer vacation because I know I’m about to return to the stress of real life. My soul longs for permanence, for the good things in life to last.
It’s so encouraging to know that life will not always be this way. One day we will step into a new reality where “every chapter is better than the one before”. What a glorious thought! The good things in life will one day be permanent.