Heaven. Heaven is a topic rarely spoken of it seems, but it should be spoken of more often. We as believers should be excited to speak of our Home, the dwelling place of our Father, seeing our loved ones again. It should be spoken of with joy and excitement.
Today, I stumbled across an article about Joni Eareckson Tada, telling the world that she is again facing a cancer. This article led me to an excerpt of her book on heaven, and a wonderful perspective I have never thought of which I would love to share with you.
My mom died two years ago, and that hurt a lot. One of my biggest consolations was that I would see her again someday, that I would be able to reunite with her in heaven. That is a wonderful thought, a wonderful quieter of grief and pain because I have no doubt whatsoever that I will see her again. She loved the Lord more than anything in this world, and even though she was never perfect, she tried to live it as best she could. And at the end of her illness, she was so ready for heaven, a place with no pain or suffering. But that was a secondary reason to long for heaven. Wanting to see my mom again is also a secondary reason, or even a tertiary reason to long for the beauty of heaven.
What would be the primary reason? To worship Jesus, to see his face, to be held by him finally, and feel the longing to be truly held finally pass away. The primary reason? To fall to my knees as he speaks, to kiss his feet, to weep with joy at his presence that I have longed for my entire life. The primary reason? To sing for eternity; “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And then, because God is good, because God keeps his promises, because God is holy and mighty, I will get to see my mom again, and we will praise the Lord together, in a perfectly pure way with a perfect relationship, with perfect voices to sing out to our perfect Savior.
Does that make sense? Yes, I am so excited to see my mom again, that is an amazing reality that the Lord will bring to fruition in His timing. But I will see HIM. THAT is why I am here, THAT is why I live, THAT is what I long for more than I can even fathom. And that is what my mom longed for, more than just an end to her suffering.
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1)
He is the first thing that we should be excited about when thinking about heaven, because the entirety of heaven is his throne room. His presence and holiness fill the entire space. How glorious, how wonderful, how amazing that he would share his home with us and that we would get to call it our home as well.
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2)
It’s more than just a privilege to say that we will join our Father in heaven when we die, it’s so much more than we seem to make of it. I think that it needs to be more, not that we disregard our life on earth at all though.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
But how blessed it is to truly dwell on that, that the reality of heaven is that we will see our loved ones again, those who were in Christ. But first and foremost, it is that we will see Christ, we will see Him face to face, forever in his glorious presence.