"Just think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven,
Of touching a hand and finding it God's.
Of breathing new air and finding it celestial
Of waking up in Glory and finding it Home."
And yet there is hope!
No, not as many would think of hope. I know she will not live much longer. I would not wish that for her. You see, she will be where her treasure is - Heaven. There is so much more waiting for her than what we have to offer here on earth. She will see her Lord face to face and she will not be alone as she has for the last year.
There is so much about Heaven that we can't know or understand. Yet, there are a few things that God had chosen to let us know:
God will be there
There will be no sickness or pain
There is no night
There is joy in Heaven when a believer is called home
There is no sin - all is perfect
There is no end to Heaven - It is forever (which is something my finite mind can't grasp)
In the last couple of years, so many heroes have joined my Lord in Heaven that I can't help but speculate a little bit about things. For instance, can you imagine how much sweeter the choir is sounding now that Dad Parish, Dr. Shuler, and George Beverly Shea have joined in? How about the new piano player that joined in recently when Mrs. Shuler went Home?
However, I can't ever forget that little part that there will be no sin in Heaven. I recently heard the testimony of someone who truly understood what sin was when she looked at herself in the light of the Ten Commandments. Ouch! I know that I have sinned against every single one of those and if you're honest with yourself, you will realize that you have too. Because God is just, that would leave me in a pretty sad place and deserving of eternal hell...
My God loved me so much that He sent his Son Jesus to pay the price in full for my sin. WOW! That kind of love is beyond our human reasoning. Since Jesus paid the price, all I need to do is acknowledge I'm a sinner, accept Jesus' payment for my sin, and believe that He fully paid the price. Yes, He paid the price because I'm not good enough to pay it myself. What an awesome gift! This fills me with the expectancy that though I will soon part from my dear one, I will see her again. I will see her and we will worship at the feet of our Lord together.
How about you? Do you have the same expectancy? Are you confident that you will spend eternity with God or do you fear the uncertainty of death? My prayer is that you will know God personally and that you are confident that you will be with Him forever.