Seven weeks ago, my best friend’s baby Briar went to be with Jesus, at 22 weeks old, before she ever took her first breath, cooed with her first smile, or wobbled to her first step. The sole comfort in this tragedy has been having absolute peace and comfort of where she now is.
In the days and weeks following, my kids (ages 8 and 5) have asked some hard, thought provoking, and inspiring questions.
Why did Briar die? Did she believe in Jesus? How come she gets to go to heaven right away?
That last question brought all the tears back. What a sweet perspective – Briar GETS TO go to heaven first! She skips right past all of the things of this world and is right in the arms of Jesus, made perfectly whole in Him.
Our passage today, Isaiah 25, is a glimpse of Heaven. I love how the Lord is described:
- God is faithful.
- God is our protector.
- God is our refuge and strength.
- God will celebrate with us and bless us.
- God will end death and sorrow.
- God will perfectly judge.
What I notice most of all is His presence. Take another read through this chapter – can you feel how close He is to His people? Hosting a feast… wiping our tears. The people are celebrating and singing “THIS is our God, that we have waited for.. let’s rejoice!” What a beautiful picture of God with His people. This isn’t a distant God, but a God that is near, hands on.. comforting us, rescuing us, eating with us.
The best part of Heaven, really will be God’s presence! Yes, Heaven will be the end of suffering, sin, health problems, anxiety, wars, famine, bills, jobs, death, fear, violence, discord, pride… ALL of it! But what’s even greater than our lives being made whole, is WHO we will be dwelling with.
Sometimes my view of heaven becomes the absence of all the struggles of this earth along with big family and friends reunion of people that have gone on before. This passage really repositions my heart to focus on the BEST part of Heaven. Being in the presence of our perfect Father.
When my kids talk about heaven, they get so excited and first talk doing stuff with Jesus… it’s a humbling reminder for me to keep my child-like faith and my eyes on Jesus.
What comes to your mind when you think about Heaven?