What do you think of when you think of Heaven?
What makes your heart sing?
What makes you feel whole?
Where are you when you are truly at home?
For me, Heaven is the shoreline at dawn, me atop a chestnut horse. Loose reins, galloping at the edge of the water. The ocean sprays up under his hooves, splashing us. The scent of saltwater fills my lungs and I breathe deeply. I am standing up in the stirrups, hands in my horse’s mane, urging him forward. We are going nowhere – simply running for the sake of it. The wind in my face, the rising sun warms my cheeks. My steed is surefooted and strong; we work as one across the terrain. I drop my reins and outstretch my arms as he gallops forward. I am free.
Heaven is a quiet walk with my Lord in a copse of live oak trees. It is a hidden place, one that no one knows about but me and Him. My fingers brush against the trunks of trees, the vines crisscrossing through the forest. My feet crunch the leaves below as the sun winks at us through the branches. The forest opens up to a river: pure water cascading down a waterfall, pooling into an inviting pond. Without a second thought, we run and jump into the water. It envelopes us. We swim freely, twirling and jumping like children in the water. We float on our backs, looking up at the brilliant blue sky. I realize that the pain that has so often pervaded my body is gone. Even as my subconscious reaches for it, this pain that has been an old friend, a dear enemy, I know it will never come back. My body is free, fluid, perfect. I am whole.
Heaven is a good book on a rainy day, curled up in an overstuffed chair with a soft blanket and a large cup of tea. The fireplace flickers beside me, giving just enough warmth and light for me to read. The story is an adventure, a tale of romance and bravery. I devour the pages, wondering what will come next. I cry, I laugh, I gasp. When the book ends, I realize it is never finished. I am part of the story, and the story is part of me. I am home.
Heaven is a throne room, filled with more people than I’ve ever imagined. A light fills the room – the most beautiful light we have ever experienced. The light is made of colors and sounds and textures I’ve never fathomed. It fills each one of us and tears of love, of hope, of relief stream down our faces as we clasp hands. I want to turn to the person next to me, to ask, Is this real? Are you seeing this, too? Because it feels too good to be true. And yet, I cannot look away from the light because it is too beautiful, too captivating, too lovely. And then, a voice sings out. A heavenly soprano sings in a language I don’t know, and yet I understand. One by one we join in song – it is a song we have never sung before, and yet we know all of the words. Everyone sings with full voice, no one holds back – we know our voices are beautiful to Him. The song takes form and lifts up into the light, joining with the light into a dance of love, freedom and joy. The room shakes with the power of the song, the floor trembling beneath our feet, and we sing louder. We are His.
What do you think of when you think of Heaven?
Wow, this is absolutely amazing! Your visions of Heaven, the matching verses, and the gifted way that you bring it all to life has really touched my heart this morning. Thank you! What do I think of when I think of Heaven? Flying and exploration. I don’t know why, but I long to fly. When I see birds floating above me I want to join them – to feel that freedom, that floating, dipping, soaring, gliding. It all looks so fun and free! And when I see those pictures of deep space it makes me want to explore new worlds. What will we find? What does God have in store for us billions of light years away? Discovery and learning will never end in Heaven because our God is an infinite Creator. I expect that God has new and exciting adventures that await us – and I cannot wait to find out what they are!
I can’t wait to fly and explore in heaven!! I have also watched the birds with envy as they soar above. Can’t wait to see what all God has in store. Certainly it will be beyond even our greatest imaginings. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.””
Revelation 21:3-4 NIV
This is one of my favorite verses about heaven…to think that God himself will wipe away forever my tears and there will not be any mourning or regrets or shame …that God himself is my “great reward”.
I think about our family vacations and how the most special part of it is just the enjoyment of being together… to think that God just wants to be with me is kind of mind blowing … but I think of heaven as just being an eternal family vacation
Amen!! I love that idea of an eternal family vacation. ❤️