What is the true nature of Heaven?
Having lost several good friends close to my age, abruptly and unexpectedly, I’ve been forced to confront this question.
There are no real answers, of course. But as much as I try to ignore it, the reality of my mortality finds me in the middle of the night, sits on my chest, and relentlessly looks me in the eye.
It is horrifying to think that all we’ve done on earth could be for nothing, that those we love will abruptly disappear one by one, ending with ourselves. It’s a thought that can bring real despair.
But at the same time, it’s impossible to believe that this life on earth is all we get.
Some might think it’s vanity or hubris to believe the soul lives forever. Yet it can’t be denied that our minds and spirits constantly strive for something better and more satisfying than this earthly life.
C.S. Lewis once said, “The fact that our hearts yearn for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.”
God created us with this feeling that we don’t belong here so that we can find our way home to Him.
We will someday leave behind our frail physical bodies to find the real peace and rest for which He created us.
But what can we do to draw closer to Him while we’re here on earth?
Romans 8 says: “If we live according to the flesh we will die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
Knowing our flesh is only temporary, let’s rely on the Holy Spirit that lives within each of us to draw closer to God every day.
Then, when the end of our earthly life finds us, it will approach as a familiar and beloved friend, instead of a terrifying phantom.
God has prepared a dwelling place for each of us. But we don’t have to wait. We can begin to taste heaven while we are still here…and in doing so, we can truly live forever.