I Can Picture It
My daughter, Sarah, hosts a game night on Friday nights. When we scheduled my trip I was coming in Friday night, late, so she changed game night to Saturday night so I could see/meet her friends. I enjoyed being with her friends and had a great time. Since last years visit was cancelled due to Covid, I was glad to finally see her new place. When I went to bed and thought about the day I was grateful that I got to see her in her environment with her friends. Now, on Friday nights, I won't have to imagine what she is doing. I can visualize her in her environment, knowing who is there, what is going on, etc. It just gives me comfort when I can picture it.
The same is true with my Dad! As much as I miss him, it sure helps to imagine him in his Heavenly home. I don't just imagine what Dad's surroundings look like but what he is doing. It makes me feel closer to him. I am so grateful to know that Dad is in Heaven. What a gift we have been given. For all eternity! I am so grateful to God's promises that I can hold onto when we lose someone. I know I will see Dad again.
Death is something we are all going to have to face one day. No one misses this. Prior to our death, many of us will have family and friends who will die. I have sat and held the hand of people dying. I have lost family, friends, you and old. Death brings sorrow and grief. Jesus wept over the death of his friend, Lazarus. John 11: 35, "Jesus wept." Death seems unnatural to us but by God's grace we can have hope.
When a brother or sister in Christ dies, this is Jesus' answered prayer. Jesus prayed for his Father to bring His children home. That prayer was prayed nearly two thousand years ago on the night before Jesus gave His life up for our sins. So while we have lost a loved one (for now), Jesus has gained one. And so has our loved one. Philippians 1: 20-23, "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far..."
There will be no sin or sadness! Can you even imagine that? Stop and think about that. That, alone, is overwhelming. Revelation 21: 4, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." I know Dad is in a place that far greater than anything this world can offer. He has a satisfaction and a joy that is unimaginable when he laid eyes on his Lord!
Not only will God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will be there but also in Revelation mentions angels being there. Revelation 5: 11, "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders." Many scholars believe that when someone dies, God has His angels that that person into paradise. What a beautiful thing that will be!
God is gracious to us in this life, and I believe He will be when we take our last breath. As always, He will give us what we need and if that is a glimpse of glory to comfort us and a heavenly escort to carry us into Heaven, He will do that. We will be taken into the very presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I love reading God's Word so I can picture Dad and my other loved ones in Heaven. It gives me such comfort! The hope of heaven is a gift!
With this hope I have, I think of those who do not have this comfort. We don’t want anyone to go to Hell. Think about your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and school friends. Share the gospel with them so they, too, can trust in Jesus and receive His forgiveness and receive the free gift of eternal life.