“Umm…this is sooo good! But Heaven is going to be even better than this.” Lydia uttered these words with a huge smile on her face as we were enjoying a delicious cupcake on Luke’s birthday. She gets it. The life and death of her brother taught it to her. Heaven has moved closer to home for our family because this precious little life that we all held is now in the arms of our Savior. This little bud that we did not see bloom has now blossomed in paradise and to a far more glorious degree than any infant with thriving lungs and heart. Our family is blessed to wonder what Heaven must be like.
The arrival of our second son has us in further amazement. Caleb’s life is a sheer miracle to our family. He is so full of health as a two week old and has enriched our home. And yet Luke’s health far surpasses his brother Caleb because Luke is in the presence of his Maker. This is hard for the mind to grasp. If we are honest, heaven feels less real to us than we often admit. We tend to only glory in health and happiness now. Yet, Scripture calls us to have an eternal perspective. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is unseen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV84)
So let’s think about cupcakes again…what if your next enjoyment of a cupcake was more about savoring the truth that the best is yet to come (Revelation 21:1-4)? What if your next time at a fancy restaurant or feast with family and friends reminded you of the better feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob where the meal will be prepared by God himself (Isaiah 25:6, Matthew 8:11)? What if every tear we shed here pointed us to the laughter that we will soon share in for eternity (Luke 6:10)? What if each scar of suffering you acquire was held up as an Ebenezer for the wealth of goodness that awaits you from our Lord (Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:17)?
Perhaps today is a good day for a cupcake. Take time to reflect on the riches of heaven through the enjoyments and pain in this life. Consider listening to the heaven Sunday School class online, it has been very fruitful for those who have attended. We all were made for heaven and through Christ we are already able to taste the sweetness of what is to come.
Author: Micah Vickery
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