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Ice Cream in Heaven?

I have several books on my desk including a cute little 5x6 book titled “Question of the Day; Conversation with Your Child; A Three-Year Journal”.

The book belongs to a co-worker and one of the questions is, “What toppings would you put on your ideal ice cream sundae?”

As I read that question, I was suddenly whisked back to 1973.

There was a new Ice Cream Parlor in town and mom would take us from time to time as a special treat. On one such visit, I spotted a new flavor and that is the flavor I wanted, no other flavor would do.

Mom said, no.

“WHY?!” I whined.

“Because it will melt all over your dress and make a huge mess. It will probably stain your dress.”

At that point I didn’t care about my dress, not to mention I knew there was no way I would allow that ice cream to drip all over my dress.

I begged; she relented; and that is how I ended up holding a Black Licorice Ice Cream Cone in the middle of summer in southern Oregon.

Well, you can imagine what happened once I got that ice cream cone. Mom was right and that black ice cream began to melt down the sides of my cone and onto my dress. I’m not sure if mom ever got the stains out.

I have fond memories of my grandpa, and my dad, making homemade ice cream. I have an electric ice cream maker now, but back in the day you had to hand-turn that stuff and the anticipation would build.

There is a fun ice cream story in our family that goes way back to the early 1900’s.

A young boy is enjoying his first ever ice cream cone, when he noticed someone eating the cone. The boy was puzzled, looking at the adult he asked, “are we supposed to eat the birch bark ma?”

He mistook his cone for a non-eatable container. What a pleasant surprise.

There is a bit of dispute on when and where and who invented the cone, but one thing we do know, the 1904 World’s Fair popularized the ice cream cone.

The International Dairy Foods Association reports that “cone production in 1924 reached a record 245 million.”

Norway's popular family-run ice-cream company Hennig-Olsen created an ice-cream cone that measured a whopping 10’ tall, scooping a Guinness World Records title in 2015.

Ice Cream was invented by the Ancient Greeks in the 5th Century.

The first documented recipe was in 1665 with orange blossom ice cream.

According to there are over 1,000 flavors of ice cream and many more keep getting invented each year.

Wikipedia did not list that many, and I have chosen just the more odd flavors such as:

• Apple

• Bacon

• Banana

• Beer

• Cheese (cheese ice cream?!?)

• Chocolate Whiskey

• Cotton candy

• Crab – a Japanese creation

• Creole cream cheese

• Dulce de leche

• Earl Grey

• Garlic

• Grape

• Green tea

• Mango

• Oyster

• Pistachio

• Rum and Raisin

• Teaberry – with a flavor similar to wintergreen

• Tiger tail – orange-flavored ice cream with swirls of black licorice (did someone say black licorice??)

• Tutti frutti

If you are not a fan of extreme flavors, and prefer a good bowl of plain ol’ vanilla, you can thank Thomas Jefferson who wrote his own recipe for vanilla ice cream in the 1780's.

Ice Cream. Just a few basic ingredients. Eggs (or not). Sugar. Heavy Cream. Half-and-half. Salt. Vanilla. Fruit, candy, and syrups optional.

Simple ingredients that change into something entirely different when mixed and put through the process of freezing.

A change that is delicious and delightful!

I went through a spell when my kids were little where I was making homemade ice cream every week. One week it would be homemade vanilla, the next week it would be chocolate; the next week, strawberry. It wasn’t long before I realized I was beginning to change. That is to say, my pants were fitting very tightly. The weekly ice cream-making had to come to an end.

Paul talks about a change that’s coming. A change that will be delightful!

“…The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.” 1 Corinthians 15:42-43 NKJV

Paul is talking about the resurrection of the righteous dead.

The Bible tells us not everyone will sleep (or die) but all will be changed.

“I tell you a mystery (or hidden truth): We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” Verse 51

“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O Death, where is your sting?

O Hades, where is your victory?”

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:52-58 NKJV

I long for that change! Not the kind of change that melts in the sun or shrinks your pants, but a permanent change. The kind of change that sees the devil and his curse destroyed in the lake of fire.

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads…And they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV

I wonder if there will be ice cream in heaven…

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