And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. REVELATION 21:4, NKJV
After completing all my speaking responsibilities in the country of Panama, I was very excited when the leaders offered to take is sightseeing for a day. Can you guess what was on the top of my list? You’re right if you guessed the Panama Canal. We parked at the Miraflores Locks near the Pacific Ocean.
The Panama Canal is one of the most impressive engineering projects undertaken during a time when a lot of the dirt still had to be moved by hand. Because of various challenges of working in the jungle, I learned that the number of people who died during construction was horrifying over twenty-five thousand people!
A building at the locks serves as a museum, and over the next few hours, we went through the museum exhibits and eventually finished at the top floor of the building that had a large viewing platform overlooking the locks in both directions. From a distance we could see the enormous oil tankers approaching and entering the locks
The locks would then close, and depending on which direction they were going, the canal would either fill up with water or the water would drained out, thereby raising or lowering the ship a little at a time.
This would be repeated multiple times during the six to eight hours it took to cross from one ocean to the other. We stayed there quite a while, watching three or four ships pass completely through the Miraflores Locks. The entire time the thought in the back of my mind was how many people had died to build this place.
Every day all over the world, people die because of war, sickness, conflict, or old age. It’s very sad, but I’m encouraged to know that GOD will return one day soon and take us to a place where thee will be no more death, no more crying, and no more pain.