“I thought about our life here on earth and what the Bible says about it. ‘What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14). I glanced about the cabin of the plane. Flight attendants serving refreshments. Businessmen with their Wall Street Journals. Mothers and babies. Tourists with tennis rackets.
It doesn’t seem like a mist that quickly vanishes. I thought to myself. We really don’t believe it’s all going to end, do we? If God hadn’t told us differently, we’d all think this parade of life would go on forever.
But it will end. This life is not forever.
It’s hard to think about heaven when it seems so far away. Besides, we’ve got to die in order to get there. Who wants to think about that! And so God give us a little help in getting our minds on the hereafter.
That’s just what God did for me when He sent a broken neck my way. The dark despair which followed wasn’t much fun. But it sure did make what the Bible says about heaven come alive. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that I’ll be fantastically more excited and ready for it than if I were on my feet. You see, suffering gets us ready for heaven.
How does it get us ready? It makes us want to go there. Broken necks, broken homes, broken hearts ~ these things crush our illusions that earth can ‘keep its promises’. When we come to know that the hopes we cherished will never come true, that our dead loved one is gone from this life forever, that we will never be as pretty, popular, successful, or famous as we had once imagined, it lifts our sights. It moves our eyes from this world, which God knows could never satisfy us anyway, and sets them on the life to come. Heaven becomes our passion.”
To be continued ~ from Joni and Friends