I’ve been contemplating death and the hereafter lately. To be honest, it’s not something I’ve given much thought to before-not really. Heaven sometimes seems like this far off fairytale and not real. But its been so impressed on my heart how real and present it is. I know as a Christian it seems silly that I’ve never mulled over the topic before, but I haven’t. I think the reason I’ve never given it much thought is because death is so mysterious and I never wanted to dwell too much on it.
I think the Lord has been showing me that there is so much more to LIFE than this one here on earth we see and we know. This is our temporary, our beginning. After this, well-the Bible says its eternal. Our minds cannot even comprehend this. Forever. I’ve been understanding that this life here is just as the Bible says-here today and gone tomorrow. So brief and yet there is so much more. My heart is full of this vision of not just death but life. It’s understanding that this life isn’t as real as the next.
Fix your eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal. (Acts 20)
Then I read this book, “Heaven Is For Real” and it had me thinking even of our purpose in heaven (other than the obvious-our relationship with and worship of the Lord).
So I have been thinking lately-Andrew’s life began for a reason. Who knows what purpose the Lord has for him in heaven?
It’s hurts so much to have lost him and all he meant to us. So, I will choose instead to feel honored that God allowed me to have Andrew. And to even in a way that can only be understood through knowing Christ, that somehow, the pain will make me better. The fire refines us if we allow it to. It’s the struggle, the choice, to allow it to make me better that’s the hardest. It’s easier to fall into my pain, anger, even bitterness. But He wants so much more for me. This is what it means to die to really live…