Heaven

The other day, my youngest daughter Ellie was watching a little animated video on how Jesus would one day make all things right. I was working on my computer and wasn’t really paying her much attention.
Then she said, “I just want Him to make everything right today.”
I looked over and she was wiping tears from her eyes. She wasn’t really talking to me. In fact, I think she was surprised when I spoke.
“Honey, are you alright?” I asked.
“Yeah. It just said that one day He would make everything right and I want Him to do it right now. That’s all.”
I smiled. But I felt that hunger too. I felt that desire for all things to be right.
I look around and so much is not right. I even look inside of myself and see things that are not right.
There is going to come a day when Jesus Christ makes everything right. There will come a day when we will look around and say, “Oh yes, this is how to was meant to be.”
Our imaginations have been fixed on the idea of someone coming to set things straight. In the essay The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis argues that the key to living the Christian life is to desire the right things. For the Christian that means our great desire is heaven and every other desire is wrapped up in that desire.
C.S. Lewis calls the desire “something that has never actually appeared in our experience.” Though it hasn’t actually happened, it has almost happened hundreds of times. In fact, Lewis says, “our experience is constantly suggesting it.” What we receive here on earth is “the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have not yet visited.”
We know it is out there. We get hints of it all of the time. We see glimpses of it.
That is why Heaven is still compelling today. All the misinformation about Heaven has done nothing to kill our desire for it. The silliness of stupid looking angels on clouds playing harps have not killed it. Those who claim we can find total fulfillment in this life have not stopped it. Even the best times in our lives can’t eliminate it.
We deeply desire all things to be made right. And sometimes that hunger is so powerful it breaks through to a seven year old and she cries. Not because someone told her she should want it. No one tried to make her want Heaven. Not because life is bad now. She is generally a happy child who sees most things in a positive light. Not because there is no joy or happiness here.
But simply because we all long for everything to be the way it was meant to be. We know this world is a broken version of something great. And we long to see it in all its glory.
And one day we will.

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2 Responses to “Heaven”

  1. Rachael says:

    I’m with Ellie. It does get a little overwhelming at times. But that longing is the fuel that moves us forward.

    Thank you for such a lovely meditation.

  2. William Trujillo says:

    The closer we get to Christ, the more we should long to be with Him in that eternal home. Two songs come to mind. Oldies but goodies: What a day that will be and the other is one that grips my heart – Beulah Land.

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