We’re going home! One day that is… to heaven… our permanent home.
Just recently we had the privilege of visiting friends and family at the SIM retirement home. I came away completely encouraged by the many wonderful stories of God’s faithfulness through harrowing adventures, love stories, evacuations and heartbreaking tragedies.
One thing that struck me most is the longing and desire for heaven. Not in a morbid I want to die type of way, but in a sweet let me go home to my Father and the saints that have gone on before kind of way.
Death was never mentioned without some form of rejoicing. Death means heaven. And heaven (for a Christian) means you are finally home. Home to be with Jesus. Chris Tomlin says it so well in his song, “I Will Rise”.
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees and rise
This is not to say that those left behind don’t feel sadness or other hard emotions. Or that they no longer find fulfillment in their lives here on earth. Yet there was always this deep, underlying joy that comes with knowing one day, they too will rejoin their loved ones in heaven.
Not even a week before our visit, I had asked the Lord to give me a greater desire for heaven; a longing to be near Him. I wanted to develop a deeper sense that this world is not my home; that even while I take pleasure in being alive and glorifying His name here on earth, I was made for another place.
I assumed that He would direct me to Scriptures or songs. Instead He sent me to His people, the ones who have long been faithful; those who have “run the race” and long to be told face to face by their heavenly Father, “well done, my good and faithful servant”.
Do you know of someone who has been a “good and faithful servant”? Give them props in a message below…
OR do you find it hard to dream of heaven, why?