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Dreaming of Heaven
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When I was a young girl and a new Christian, I loved reading about heaven. It sounded like such a beautiful and utterly amazing place! One of my favorite descriptions was the one in Revelation 21:18-21: “The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.”

I would sit and imagine what that beautiful city would look like, and tried to find pictures of some of the stones mentioned. There was even a song I sang that went along with this theme of a beautiful heavenly home. It talked about what I would receive there: a mansion, a harp, and a crown.

Prayers Unanswered

But that was then. That was before life “happened.” And although I love life and tend to live it to the fullest, I’m not the innocent girl who used to imagine what heaven would look like. Since those days, I’ve experienced pain—both physical and emotional. I’ve had surgeries and a life-threatening infection. As a pastor, I presided over way too many funerals, comforted many families, and even knelt by my own brother’s bedside as he died from cancer. I’ve had prayers seemingly go unanswered, and at times wondered what God was doing with my life.

Don’t misunderstand me: I’m thrilled at the thought of one day living in a mansion! And I know that the beauty of heaven is something I can’t get my earthly mind around.

But now—now when I read and think about heaven—I read these verses in Revelation 21: “‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (verses 3-5)

I know that I will love my new home. But what I’ll love most is that once I get there, I will discover that everything that went wrong in this world will be made right. And when I think of how wonderful that will be, I stand my ground that there is nothing on this earth worth giving up heaven for.

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By Nancy Canwell.  Copyright © 2009 by
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