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Longing For Paradise
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I was on my way home from work one steamy August afternoon after gutting the inside of a house I was remodeling. I was dirty, sweaty and could barely stand to smell myself. So I kept my windows down while driving home.

Rush hour can be pretty bad this time of day, and the traffic going through the tunnel can be even worse. The freeway drops from three lanes down to two a few miles before the tunnel. Everyday thousands of commuters converge into two lanes from downtown to the Navy base. The posted speed limit on the freeway is 55 mph but the average speed during rush hour is about 20 mph. And there never fails to be an accident, with someone running into the back of the car in front of them.

As I was heading into the tunnel, an old Dodge spewing out half-burned fuel eased in front of me. And I thought I smelled! Unfortunately, we were only going 10 miles an hour so it took a while to get through the tunnel.

The tunnel naturally holds in pollution from cars so it always smells. But on this particular day it was almost unbearable. I became nauseous and thought I was going to throw up. I quickly rolled up my window and cranked up the A/C. My body odor was like roses compared to the stench of the tunnel.

Ready for Deliverance

I thought to myself, how far this world has come. The beauty of the world is wasting away. Things use to be so simple. Raise your family, farm the land, and praise God. Now I have a dark cloud of smoke being blown into my face. Oh, how I long for the day Jesus returns and takes us away to paradise.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).

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