“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”
The Revelation of Saint John, 21:3-5
I was driving my kids to school this morning and my son commented on the beauty of the trees. We have a huge area of trees right beside the school that are heavy- laden with the most beautiful white blossoms. They are truly spectacular in the springtime.
As he marveled at the sight, he commented that “this must be what heaven looks like.” What he didn’t know, was that I had been thinking about heaven for hours. His grandfather died earlier this morning. And when we received the call, I immediately began to wonder about the joyous reunions going on in heaven today.
I don’t know what heaven is like. All I have is what the scriptures tell me. And based upon God’s word, this is what I imagine is going on there right now.
- After his long-fought struggle with cancer, he has a new body. One that is strong, glorious and pain-free. – Thank you, Lord, for that gift.
- He is no longer suffering from the mental ravages of both a disease and the loss of many loved ones. Thank you, Lord, for your tender mercy.
- He is filled with pure joy because he is in the presence of his Savior. Thank you, Lord, for your extravagant grace.
- He is experiencing the warmth and security of his true home, the one created especially for him by our Almighty Creator. Thank you, Lord, for your eternal provision.
I honestly don’t know what heaven is like. But I believe it exists and my sweet father-in-law did too. I believe he is there right now, dancing with his bride that left us far too early. I can only imagine that his infectious smile and laugh has returned because of his joy in the presence of pure Perfection. And I truly believe he has a peace that we can’t comprehend, because he finally sees the whole glorious picture of Christ’s plan for us.
My heart is filled with joy and thanksgiving as I sit imagining the Johnson residence in heaven. Because I know, as Jesus promised, that Poppy is living in a paradise beyond our wildest dreams. I also know that there is a place for me there as well. And one day, our family will be reunited there with much joy.
It is my hope and prayer that each one of you have the same assurance in your heart. Our Lord loves each of you and His grace is available to all who call on Him.
Glory be to God, and thanks be to our Savior Jesus Christ!