The Fiumi Fountain: Through the Eyes of a Child, Part 4

by | Nov 10, 2021 | Heaven, Kingdom of Heaven, Through the Eyes of a Child

No trip to Italy would be complete without visiting the famous Fiumi Fountain in Rome, and that is where my father took us.

Of course, I didn’t know anything about its history then, nor why it was so famous. Hey, I didn’t even know that it was famous! All I knew was that there were so many people at that fountain! Never had I seen so many people admiring one single object!

But why not? It is a beautiful fountain! And soooo big! It was by far the biggest fountain my seven-year-old eyes had ever taken in! Besides, there was water there, and when my parents weren’t watching, I stuck my hands in the water. All the way up to my elbows! Boy did that ever feel good on such a hot day!

The fact that there were so many people definitely worked to my advantage. Besides masking the fact that I was putting my hands in the water, they also blocked any good camera shots, and my dad and my brother had to wait patiently to get pictures of the fountain without also taking pictures of a dozen other tourists. In all honesty, I’m not sure how patiently they waited, but I could see my mom was enjoying the wait. The heat and the distance we had been walking had robbed her of her energy, and she was thoroughly enjoying the cool spray of the fountain, along with the stone wall she was sitting upon as she waited for the photographers to finish their jobs.

All too soon it was time to move on. I didn’t want to. I wished I could have stayed and enjoyed that fountain for hours to come. And even now, 55 years later, whenever I think of that beautiful fountain, I can still feel the cool spray on my face in my memory.

Will I ever see the fountain again?

They say that you should “never say never”; nonetheless, at this stage in my life, it seems highly unprobable I will ever return to Rome, and that thought could serve to make me feel sad if I let it.

We all have memories of beautiful places. Perhaps they are physical places like the Fiumi Fountain. For other people, they may be beautiful places in their lives. Still others may have beautiful memories of special people or pets, and just like I likely will never see the Fiumi Fountain again, it may be highly unprobable for you to return to the place of these beautiful memories either.

If this is where you find yourself, I encourage you to turn your thoughts towards Heaven. Whatever the source of beauty this life has provided you with, it is nothing compared to the glories of Heaven. It is nothing compared to our Heavenly Father. It is nothing compared to the face-to-face fellowship we will have with Jesus Christ, our forever Friend. 

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Cor. 5:1-2 NIV).

The psalmist says, “Whom have I in Heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” (Psalms 73:25 NIV) . Rather than longing for the beautiful things we remember from our walk on Earth, wouldn’t we all do better to long for Heaven instead?

In His love,
Rob Chaffart

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The Fiumi Fountain: Through the Eyes of a Child, Part 4