My friend, Frank, fell 100-feet from a tree and is now a quadriplegic. The accident was bad enough, but in the months afterward, he lost everything he owned—“what I held dear,” as he described it.
We were chatting on the phone one day when I asked him, “Do you ever dream about heaven?”
He started laughing, “Oh, Nancy!” he said. “Yes, I’ve had many dreams about heaven. Here’s one dream that I had, and it’s my favorite.
“I was in heaven, but I hadn’t seen Jesus yet. Then I saw Him off in the distance with a crowd of people. He turned around and His eyes met mine. We held our gaze for a moment. Then Jesus started running toward me—and I ran toward Him! When we met we locked arms and danced around and around, like a couple of little kids!”
By the time Frank finished telling me about his dream, we were both crying. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have a dream of what heaven will be like? Even though we can’t make ourselves dream about heaven at night, we sure can daydream—imagine—it during the day. And in this time of self-isolation, it would be good for us to do so.
Here are some texts to help you with your dreaming and longing for a better world:
“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:3,4, NLT)
“No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3-5, NLT).
“Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:1-5, NLT).
Let’s take some time every day to read about and imagine heaven—until it one day becomes a reality. And it will. God has promised!
~ Pastor Nancy