We have all heard someone talk about physically working on a project or working out at the gym. They might say something like, “I strained muscles I didn’t even know that I had.” Well, as I wrote my book, The Fiddle , “I strained brain cells I didn’t even know I had “attempting to imagine various situations and scenes in heaven. I challenge you to sit quietly for thirty minutes and try to visualize what heaven will be like. It is as though you can almost see it, yet it isn’t quite clear enough to make out the details. Paul had also thought a lot about these things as well. In 1 Cor. 13:12, he writes, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
One of the most difficult things to for me to imagine is “a time when there will be no time.” So why is that? Because our entire lives in this dimension revolves around time. We get up at a certain time, we eat at set times, we work for a number of hours, and time chases us from the day we are born until the day we die. I have also tried to imagine a place where there is no night; only one very long (eternal) day that never ends.
Rev. 22:5 says, “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light.”
By now, you may be wondering why I am writing to you today about these things. According to the Center for Disease Control, the average American today lives to be 79.3 years old. (Wikipedia) The lifespan for our next go-round is infinite. So why would someone who will live forever in the next life, have so little interest in heaven? This is a question that came to me as I was writing the book.
How many hours over the past twelve months have you spent thinking about the place where you will spend all of eternity? Why is this even something for us to consider? Well, who currently abides there? Jesus, our family members who have already passed from this life, heroes of the faith, and angels.
As I recall, I spent practically no time thinking about heaven for the first 30 or so years of my life. My thoughts were immersed in the here and now and I had very little interest in the hereafter. Truth is, we are all inching closer to heaven with every passing moment. So, if Jesus is there and we claim Him as our Savior, wouldn’t it only be natural to think about being there with Him? Shouldn’t we also be thinking about family members, heroes of the faith and yes, even the angels. We should probably be thinking about these things at least slightly more than we have been.
This world is not our home and this life will be over very soon. Thanks to writing this book, I have learned so much while thinking about heaven. The more I do that, the more I think about the Lord, my family, heroes of the faith and the angels. Then, the more I think about these the more anxious I become to go there. What an incredibly wonderful life we will live in a place that we cannot even imagine! By the way, reading The Fiddle will cause you to begin to “lean toward Heaven.”
“Eternity is a gigantic exclamation point placed at the end of every life. Once there, the die is cast and the choice made.” (From The Fiddle by Wayne Hudson available @ Amazon.com)
Never would have thought I would find this so indespensible!