As I look back over the last few months, I can hardly believe all that has happened.  Grant has traded Earth, for Heaven, leaving us here to figure out life without him.  A very close immediate family member tried to commit suicide.  Our other son was cut from his beloved football team, and his dreams of playing college ball are growing dim.  Our daughter suffered an injury to her arm and may lose her hard earned position on a volleyball team she has been a part of for 3 years. And a few days ago, there was another death very close and dear to our family.

Each of these events have made me long for Heaven! In fact, I have thought more about Heaven in the last 3 months, than I have the rest of my Christian walk combined.  I find myself thinking about it daily. When sadness comes, I think, “but then there’s Heaven.” When I miss Grant so much, tears sting my eyes, and the heart aches, I find myself saying, “but Heaven’s coming.” In all of the moments that bring pain, or discontentment, hardship, feelings of discouragement or anger, I remind myself, “but then there’s Heaven.”

And what’s to come in Heaven? Besides the fact that it’s eternal paradise with our Savior! In the words of Randy Alcorn, a Biblical scholar who has written volumes on this subject, has this to say. Just a taste of what’s to come…

“No death. No suffering. No funeral homes. No abortion clinics or psychiatric wards or mental illness. No rape, missing children, or drug rehabilitation centers. No bigotry, muggings or killings. No sorrow, or depression, or economic downturns. No wars, no unemployment. No anguish over failure, no more miscommunications. No con men, no locks, no death, no mourning. No pain. No boredom.  No arthritis, no handicaps, no cancer, no taxes, no bills, no computer crashes, no weeds, no bombs, no drunkenness, no traffic jams nor accidents. No septic back ups. No unwanted emails. No life changing phone calls. Close friendships but no cliques. Laughter but no put downs. Intimacy without immorality. No hidden agendas, no back room deals, no betrays. Mealtimes full of stories, laughter, and joy without fear of insensitivity, inappropriate behavior, anger, gossip, lust, jealousy, hurt feelings or anything that eclipses joy! That will be Heaven.”

Thinking about Heaven as much as I do, is by no means a death wish. Quite the opposite. It’s a desire, a craving, an anticipation of real life, eternal life, the life that truly matters. These frequent thoughts of Heaven increase the love I have for my Savior and put this life into perspective. Having a keen, constant awareness that this is not all there is helps me live like I’m on borrowed time, because I am. It causes me to love like there’s no tomorrow, because there might not be. Thinking on Heaven brings comfort, assurance, sustains me and empowers me to live a life for God. And it stirs me to devote my life to things that will matter in Heaven.

Heaven. A place where we will experience the joy of Christ’s presence in a place so wonderful He calls it paradise. That is the promise of Jesus. Count on it and think on it in a way that changes the way you live and love here!

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6 Responses to heaven

  1. Judi Schleiden says:

    Beautifully written Alisa. May God use this to reach that soul that doesn’t know the peace, free salvation and unconditional love we know and live every day. Continue to pray for you, Glenn and your family. Love you lady!

  2. Sharon da Silva says:

    Oh Alisa, I really understand where you are coming from! When my son Brandon died in the motorcycle accident almost a year and a half ago I didn’t know how I could go on, it felt like my heart had been ripped out and stomped on. I was just so empty inside and I started looking forward to the day that I too got to go home and be with him and our Lord. Even though I have always believed we would go to Heaven, Heaven took on a totally new reality to me. I want to be with him so much but I know I still have my family on this side to be with and I enjoy every second I get to spend with them. But with prophesy coming to pass by the day I know it isn’t going to be very much longer before all of us get to go home! I see the world events and think to myself, it IS Isaiah 17 happening before our very eyes! Is this war that is coming going to be the Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38? Either way, I don’t care because it is just all that much closer to the shout that calls us home! Rejoice girl, we will be with our boys again before we know it!!! Stand strong and dry your tears, our homecoming is almost here, and I for one am so excited I find myself smiling more and am looking forward to finally seeing my Saviors face, giving Him a great big hug and then spending all eternity with my handsome son. We are going to make it, we have our blessed hope and the Promises of our Lord, He will be here sooner than we think. No more garbage of this world to stress us out, just being with our Lord and sharing in His Peace. My prayers are with you girl, we are going to be just fine!

  3. Terri says:

    Love this! Ever since Brett died I think about heaven all the time and my longing for it has increased tremendously but, like you, it is not in a depressed way but in a way that enables me to live each moment with intentionality – so that it will matter in eternity! I feel like my heart is being purified through this cross and my capacity to love God and others is greatly increasing. What a paradox – death bringing life and sorrow bringing joy! God’s ways truly are so far above our ways.

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