"For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
~ Acts 4:20
As much as I love the spectacular beauty that this world has to offer at times, I must also remember that there is another place being prepared for me.
Living in the present, and being faithful can bring about many challenges. But knowing that the whole time I struggle with the present, God is busy creating a place where I will spend eternity.
It's an interesting thought, isn't it?
Our faith, and even scripture, remind us that what we see and know now shall pass away... all of it. That there will be a new and amazing place we will call home. Our hearts and our souls long to be there.
The old B.J. Thomas song declares, "They say that heaven's pretty, and living here is too, but if I had to make a choice between the two, I'd go home."
Heaven has been the focus of movies, songs, poetry and documentaries. No one has brought back pictures, but glimpses. No one has seen the gold-plated streets and sent an address to forward mail.
In our dreams, and amongst daily challenges, we know it's where our faith will take us.
I'm reminded of a glimpse shared by a patient of mine that was in the process of dying. "You know one thing I've discovered? There's no such thing as time in heaven."
For me, heaven will be filled with amazing beauty. It will be home to family and friends that I have loved and now miss each day. The most amazing thing is that the voice I have felt calling me over the decades will be calling me by name, and I will be able to see into the eyes, who first saw mine.
Heaven will be amazing.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.