I love a good milkshake. I especially love a good milkshake from Chick-fil-a. I love how the soft serve ice cream from which it is made gives it the perfect thickness so that it is neither too thick so as to make it collapse a straw nor is it too thin so that it is not easily and immediately consumed. I particularly love the cookies ‘n cream shake from Chick-fil-a and how I am pleasantly surprised every other sip or so with a crunchy piece of cookie to munch. I love of good milkshake.
The other night, I indulged myself (at the expense of my waistline and my household peace for having made an unnecessary purchase) with a cookies ‘n cream shake from Chick-fil-a. As I was driving down the road, I said to myself, “Self, this milkshake is heaven.” After thinking that, I immediately thought of what a blasphemy that thought was. To think that I would even think to compare the temporal tastiness of a milkshake with the unfathomable pleasures and riches in the presence of almighty God! It was a great atrocity indeed.
As I thought more deeply, as milkshakes tend to make me do, I thought that I should despise eternity if it were filled with unlimited milkshakes. And I believe that the same principle could be applied to anything else in which we take pleasure in this world. The things that we desire and enjoy most in this world would become pure hell in eternity, for monotony in finite things is hell. However, God is not monotonous. God’s depths are unfathomable, and his mercies and pleasures are new every morning. There shall never be dull or pleasureless day in the presence of the Lord, and, conversely, there shall never be good or pleasure-filled day in hell apart from the presence of the Lord. For God is satisfaction, and without him, even a Chick-fil-a cookies ‘n cream milkshake is as rubbish.