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Heaven fluffy clouds lightPsalm 73:9 NIV

Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.

Hebrews 1:3 NIV

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

1 Peter 1:4 NIV

….and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you,

I’ve been thinking a lot about heaven lately.  It’s becoming a place filled with more and more familiar faces with each passing year.  And I’ve had my fears during the last year that I may see it earlier than I would have expected.

It’s left me feeling a little guilty over my feelings about it.  Why would I want to hold on to this earth when heaven is waiting for me?  This may sound like a defeatist attitude, but shouldn’t we all be excited about being in the very presence of God??  Yet, sometimes we get a little too comfortable down here…attempting to make the earth as much like heaven (perfection) as we can.  Rich Mullins sums it up best:

 

but I am no longer a child

I am no longer afraid of the dark

I have new things to fear

I am no longer afraid that I will drift away from this world

I am afraid I will never escape it”

 

When I think of the countless number of people in heaven, worshiping and praising God together, their voices raised, their hearts overwhelmed with love and joy…there is no place I’d rather be.

But then life rushes in, and thoughts of tomorrow’s plans seem to push out that desire to see and go to our real home.  I am not anxious to die, but I don’t want to be anxious to stay HERE, either.  If I live for forty more years, I hope it’s with the knowledge, hope, and joy of one day getting to see Jesus and all of the glorious splendor that is waiting for me. And also with the thought that what I do on earth for Him, I will one day get to lay at His feet, as a precious gift!

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