Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Heaven and Home

I keep thinking about the verses in 1 Corinthians 15 and Hosea "O, death, where is your victory? O, death, where is your sting?" What amazing poetry that is more than a poem. It's a promise. A promise I get to live in and, someday, die in. And the verse that precedes it, echoing Isaiah, "Death has been swallowed up in victory." That fills my heart with praise to God.

I read in Revelation 21:4, "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, " and my heart longs to be in that place. It's a heartache for a place I have never seen or touched, but that I know in the depths of my heart.

There's a song on the latest Hillsong United album entitled Soon and it is an echo of this same longing in my heart to be with Christ. "I will be with the One I love, with unveiled face I'll see Him. There my soul will be satisfied. Soon and very soon." The entire song sings out what I feel when I read those verses throughout the Bible about life on earth being temporary and the promise of the place He has prepared for me where I will worship Him forever.

I am a blessed woman, with a beautiful life here and I know I will do the work He has called me to do, working with children and worship and serving Him, but I am looking forward to the day He returns and calls me home to my real home.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.