– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, as Christians grow older Heaven becomes more important. That is, of course, easy to understand for it will eventually become our new home. That thought can easily lead to the consideration of a myriad of blessings, but I am not focusing on that just now. For I am not planning on going there anytime soon. I still have 1-on-1 discipleship meetings on my calendar, and I want to keep them all. To be sure, I look forward to the move – at a later time. I don’t believe that those in Heaven would want to change places with any of us – for the glory of Heaven is far beyond our earthly comprehension.
How do I know? In Genesis God calls ALL that He creates simply good: sun, moon, stars, seas, mountains, land, vegetation, and animals. Only good? I think we’d give His work a much higher grade, wouldn’t we? But when God speaks of heaven, He hints of a far superior place. For me that is proof that Heaven holds something more glorious, apart from God, than that which is found here on earth.
I want to speak of just one of the possible gifts of Heaven…sweet fellowship. Christians make a lot of friends, for we make up a huge family, and God places in our hearts a love for the family (as well as all others, but that is another essay). But we can’t be selfish and just meet in ‘holy huddles.’ No, we cannot. For we are called by God to share His Good News so that all might come to know of His love, and the offer of eternal salvation.
There simply is not enough time on this earth to share at length with all the people we meet in the journey of life. So what to do? Make plans, make plans to see one another in Heaven. After all, there will be no shortage of time.
Now, the way I see it, and I know that I could be wrong, but I think the first few thousand years or so, we will passionately rejoice in simply being in the presence of God. But perhaps, and this is all conjecture, after eons have passed our emotional state might adjust to where we will notice one another. And maybe then, we can continue friendships which were, due to time restraints, impossible on earth.
The first person I ever made a heavenly appointment with was Donna Miller in 1989. She was the first one that I took through two years of discipleship. When we finished, we were close friends, but friends who had little optional time. Again, I don’t know what will actually take place in heaven, but it was very comforting for us to part by agreeing to meet for coffee in the northeast corner of Heaven. Is there a northeast corner? I have no idea. But I know this…God is relational, and He teaches us to be relational. So I am anticipating – living in the fullness of God and subsequently with a forever huge family, but not large enough. For God wants all to come.
One morning long ago, Donna unexpectedly died in her bed at the age of 52. When her husband brought her a cup of coffee, he discovered that sometime in the night she had changed residences. So, Donna has known for sometime now whether she and I will meet, or not, for coffee. And truly, it doesn’t matter. Heaven will not be a disappointment. But in the meantime, here on earth, I will continue to take great comfort in scheduling heavenly coffees with friends. I bet Starbucks would love to have access to that brand of coffee.
(If you don’t know God, and are curious about Him and His promises of Heaven, just open the Holy Bible, and with sincerity ask God to teach you of Himself. But remember this, God will not be fooled. Only those who sincerely seek will find. For ‘helps’ click on Making God a Priority, Going Deeper or connect with me through Contact.)
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we
have fellowship with one another…” 1 John 1:7a
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