My husband helped me get the guest bedroom ready for the long-awaited arrival of our daughter and grandchildren. We stocked up on groceries, bathed the smelly dog, and even hung a new clock on the wall, which had been bare for months since the old one broke. We cleaned up areas that seem to get cluttered over time, like the top of the dresser and the end of the kitchen counter. The anticipation of welcoming the ones we love put a spring in our step and gave us joy to accomplish things we’d long procrastinated.
We’ve mailed birthday gifts in the past if we weren’t able to be with our grandchildren, but we always prefer being there in person! Most of the joy of giving a gift is in witnessing the surprise and excitement of the recipient, not to mention the hugs and kisses and precious time in the presence of our loved ones. Talking on the phone, social media messages, photos and even videos don’t take the place of actually being there.... being together. This is what we joyfully looked forward to as we waited. (I mean just look at these irresistible faces!)
Many years ago, I heard the riveting testimony of woman who’d literally come back from the dead. Twenty-seven-year-old Betty Malz was pronounced dead and the doctor covered her head up with a sheet. Her ruptured appendix wasn’t caught in time, and now her grieving family filled the room with tears and prayers.
Betty recounts that when she left her body and began flying up to Heaven, it felt similar to the thrill of a roller coaster ride.
She walked through Heaven with a seven-foot tall angel by her side, and says she realized he was the same angel who’d been with her since she became a Christian at the age of 13. She saw a man she knew, who’d had his legs amputated in a train accident. He sat in a field playing with animals in Heaven – with his legs intact. She saw shafts of light coming from earth, right into the Throne Room of God, and heard the voices of people praying with each beam of light.
Betty saw her younger brother in Heaven, who had died years earlier, her grandmother and others she knew. She heard and began to sing along with the most beautiful music, noticing that her not-so-pretty voice (on earth) was “high and sweet” in Heaven. Betty mentioned that she saw colors in Heaven that she’d never seen before, with a richness and depth she’d never imagined! The glory and light of Jesus shone all the way down the street as she walked with her guardian angel. There was no darkness — only peace and joy in this wonderful place!
She suddenly recognized the voice of her own father praying, grieving over his dead daughter. Instantly she was catapulted back down to that hospital room, and re-entered her body. Betty recalled that she didn’t want to leave the splendor of Heaven, but her father’s prayers brought her back. (I highly recommend Betty’s book, My Glimpse of Eternity .)
A couple years after hearing the testimony of Betty Malz, I listened to the account from a man who had died of a head injury by an accidental fall from a balcony. He was also pronounced dead at the hospital, and his face covered with a sheet. I don’t recall his name, but I’ll never forget what he described during his few minutes in that indescribable place.
“Bob” (as I’ll call him) walked down the streets of gold with an angel accompanying him. There was lots of construction taking place, new mansions lining the street. Bob saw a man he knew, who had just died two weeks previously. The man was a general contractor and house builder on earth, and he was doing the same thing in Heaven! Since he knew the man, he was allowed to walk inside the house he was working on. Bob saw three young girls who were carving gold roses onto the fireplace mantle of the house.
“What are you doing?” he questioned the girls, who had only recently died and entered Heaven.
“Our Sunday school teacher who led us to Christ is about to die. She always loved roses, so we asked God if we could help decorate her mansion with roses, and God said, ‘Yes’.”
WOW! The fact that God is designing our eternal home with such intricate details of our personalities and things we love (as a groom would do for his bride!!) is just incredible! I’m sure I’ll have a grand piano, roses and honeysuckle bushes, and a few kittens, ha-ha!
My own sister, Elizabeth, drowned in 2004. Our son, Jonathan, died tragically, only two years ago, in 2014. My father and my father-in-law are also both in Heaven, as well as the baby I lost in 1994, and my grandparents. I have so much to look forward to in my Heavenly home, like happy reunions with people I love and miss terribly. And the One Who made it possible- Jesus – will be with us personally.
We have so much 2 look forward 2 in Heaven: happy reunions w/ people we love; seeing JESUS. Click To Tweet
I am continually comforted with the words of Jesus that He spoke to His disciples, who were worried and grieved after Christ told them about His coming death on the cross:
“Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3, ASV)
This life is so short. I am thankful that Heaven is for eternity... no death, no sorrow, no parting from one another, no sickness or injuries, no broken hearts. I pray several times a day, talking to and listening for His voice, and read His Word, the Bible, frequently. I also “talk” to my sister and my dad occasionally — telling them how much I miss them, wishing they could see Liz’s kids (and mine) or discuss what’s going on in our family. (I don’t think they can hear me – because then they’d be sad — and there’s no sadness in Heaven. But it’s comforting for me, haha!) But in Heaven, we’ll be together in person! Jesus is there now, preparing a place for every one who’s trusted in Him. Hear the song, “Come, Lord Jesus” (free download, too!)
As we prepare our home for a temporary visit with our adult children and precious grandchildren, our Lord and Savior is preparing an eternal home for us. Wow!
What do YOU look forward to in Heaven?