Poor Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. If you haven’t heard, Ms. Dunaway called the wrong name for the Academy Award for Best Picture at the Oscars, Sunday night. No one knows how it happened. Was it PricewaterhouseCooper’s fault; was it Faye Dunaway; was it Warren Beatty? He was totally confused, but handed her the envelope anyway. He knew something was awry. Emma Stone said she was holding the card that read “Best Actress”. I wonder if she knows there are TWO SETS of envelopes? Anyway, Jimmy Kimmel blamed Steve Harvey, bless his heart. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know he announced the wrong name for Miss Universe last year.
There is only ONE Book of Life. No chance of Him missing it, or calling the same name twice, and leaving you out. One thing is for sure, and with absolute certainty: God said, “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:16)
God will NOT call the wrong name. He’s going to get it right the first time, every time. Isn’t it an amazing, glorious thing to realize God has our name engraved on His hand? He really sees us, cares about us, and knows us by name!
In the end “Best Picture” goes to A Place Called Heaven, written, produced, and directed by God. He also has the lead role, as The Almighty, and the Lamb. Heaven is described in the book of Revelation:
11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
22 I did not see a temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Personally, I love turquoise and amethyst. I’m pretty fond of gold, and pearls too, but I think they will all pale in comparison to the Glory of God.
He gets it right the first time, every time.