Since we have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven ... (see Colossians 3:1-4)
I don't know if it's age or just increasing desire. I may be getting tired of the faults in my human nature or I might just be wanting to see some of the people I love, who have gone before me, again ... I'm not sure. All I know, is that the reality of heaven is much stronger today in me. My hunger for it and to see Jesus, grows increasingly. I am so excited for the day that all sin is gone! My heart jumps when I imagine the first time I see God. My breathe is taken away with the thought. I don't know how I'll be able to utter a sound, but I know I will want to :) I'll want to sing something new; something that does not have an ending but simply changes direction as my eyes and my heart envelope the greatness and beauty that I am beholding.
Does this hunger render me useless here on earth? Absolutely NOT! Actually, I find that my heart is stirred so deeply that I am moved out of my self sufficiency and awakened from my sleep. I am compelled by what I hope for. Compelled to taste as much of His presence here and to lead others to Him, to show them the water of life, the fountain of eternity, the healer of souls.
The reality of heaven gives me purpose for earth.
Jesus said to ask God for His kingdom to come, for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. So be it, Lord! Until we get to come to you.
(see also 1 Corinthians 15:43-46)
Today I went to a funeral for someone I had never met... someone who really lived. (http://www.danielroberthall.net/) Having known Robert's in-laws for many years, we simply came to quietly stand with them in their pain.
I sat, stood, listened, pondered, cried, sang, reminisced, repented and worshiped for almost 3 1/2 hours. One of the very last things spoken was that there was a sense that this had truly been a 'significant' time. I think that says it in the best way for me. I am still digesting.
Even though much was said to describe this life so sorely missed, I walked away reflecting that this had definitely been a service that commemorated our Lord. I listened as many gave testimony that Rob Hall was a man who loved well and left the fragrance of Christ where-ever he went. Without anyone obviously striving, it was Christ was ultimately honoured as His characteristics & purposes were described through the life & actions of Rob's. Magnificent!
Thank you. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. Thank you for the truth spoken midst the pain.
Katie & the kids, I will keep praying for you.
Jim & Kathy, I am praying for you as well. You are loved.
Please inquire for the word of the LORD today. 1 Kings 22:5