Have you ever uttered the words, “I need a vacation?” I know that I have, and after last year, that is more true than ever. 2020 was the year without a vacation for me, and I know it was for many of you. Vacations are the best! They allow you to see and do things that you’ve never experienced, and most of the time, you think, “I wish that I could stay here forever.”
Every time Joe and I went to North Myrtle Beach on vacation, we would ride along the beach and look at the houses that were for sale. We loved waking up and hearing the waves crashing on the beach. Taking walks along the beach was so enjoyable, and the warmer weather was very inviting.
We would stop and pick up booklets that contained homes and condos for sale and dreamed of one day having a place there. Usually, by the time our vacation was winding down, we started to think about going back home. Even though the beach was inviting, warm, different, and somewhere that we thought we wanted to stay forever, it was not home.
Home is where we really wanted to be, but our time at the beach was great. Home is where I felt loved. It was where my family was and where I was comfortable. Home is where my heart was, and it was where I wanted to go, even though I didn’t realize it while I was at the beach.
14 For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.
Home, our earthly home, is our vacation. We love it here! This seems like the best place ever, and the thought of leaving it is scary and worrisome to most of us. BUT, it is not our HOME!
2 Corinthians 5:1
5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Our home, the one that we can’t remember or have never seen, is with the Lord in Heaven. As the song says, “we are just passing through” here on earth. Earth is not our home, but since we don’t remember Heaven, that leaves us with lots of questions.
Will we become Angels? Will I still be able to see my family that is on Earth? Since members of my family have already passed away, will I recognize them in Heaven? Will there be animals or pets in Heaven? Is Heaven real? In John, Jesus tells us what to expect when we finally arrive in Heaven.
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
We all have many questions about Heaven, and that is natural. But, rest assure, Heaven is REAL, and it will be GLORIOUS! That is where we will find love as we’ve never known. Tears and sorrows will all be gone, and peace will be our companion instead. All the earthly comforts will feel inadequate to our Heavenly home, and we will wonder why we wanted to stay there so badly.
One last question, how will Heaven compare to Earth?
19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
Because of Jesus’s death and Resurrection, everyone has a chance to spend eternity in Heaven. We all need to repent of our sins and receive His forgiveness and eternal life.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!