Matt and I have had a recent conversation or two related to Heaven. And yes, it was a bit on the selfish side. There is something sad and tragic when looking at Heaven through a mere mortal’s perspcetive when you figure out that you will in-fact NOT be married in Heaven. For two new married lovers, this can be a sad thought.
I started to think about all those “old” couples who have shared life together and will not be able to share life in the same way in Heaven. I have this picture in my head of husband and wife who have known each other for more than half their own lifetime gazing across the streets of gold with an “I know” kind of look. Kind of like the look Frodo and Sam give each other when they are drinking their ale in the crowded room after coming back from their difficult journey. Now that that’s out, I can say that that is an incredibly selfish and simple minded view of Heaven, not to mention entirely un-biblical.
The other day I was thumbing through a book: “10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health” by Don Whitney. One of the questions was: Do you think often and long for Heaven? Well, that caught my attention. There have been many times I have longed for Heaven but since being married that has been a little further from my mind. But recently God has reminded me and given me a fresh longing for Heaven.
Marriage was not given to make us more selfish and earthly minded. It was given to us as a gift, a glimpse of what is to come. It does bring fulfillment on earth when are doing the things we were made to do as feminine and masculine men and women of God. God has a way of giving us things that make us long for Him more, we just have to be reminded of it sometimes in the midst of our selfishness.
CS Lewis said,
“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”
When we remember we are weak, nothing on our own and contained in mortal, sick, dying bodies, we can remember we were in-fact made for some place else. This helps to not hold onto the things of this life so tightly. It is so tempting to think we deserve all of this. But it’s all grace, a gift from God. Sometimes it is good to be reminded of this.
Today in chapel we sang loudly the words of the beautiful hymn with a story: “It is Well”. Even when we don’t feel like we can sing this due to our emotions, fears, doubts, worries, we CAN sing it as children of God because no matter what, it is well with our souls- saved forever in eternity. I will leave you with the words of the last verse of this song….
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
Moments of Gratitude: #390-404
- Homemade Banana Bread to share with friends- the smell filling the house
- Dinner and fellowship with new Australian/Greek friends
- Enjoying a different kind of music with sweet friends at a concert
- Waking up to rain falling outside my open windows
- Leaving the air off for several days because of the great weather
- Snuggles and kisses that provide much comfort
- A time of worship together
- More time in the Word
- Good learning at Church
- Feeling more at home here at Church and work
- Time to clean
- Crafting….(more to come)
- Truth and a good caring Savior who answers prayers
- Gift giving that lifts the giver’s soul
- Incredible singing in Chapel…glimpse of Heaven- Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth