The other day I shared my first snow adventure with my ski trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Twenty-plus years would go by before strapping ski boots to these feet. I tempted fate back then and walked away. I wasn’t in a hurry to do it again.
A few years ago, through my church, many of us traveled to Snowshoe, West Virginia, for a quick skiing excursion. This time, my teenage daughter was in tow with us. I traveled to Snowshoe with memories of the infamous Steamboat mountain near-death experience while she carried with her all the excitement of being with her friends and a little anxiety of the unknown. I had already determined I would stay on the bunny slopes the whole trip if they let me. I knew my limitations and held a healthy respect for the mountain.
Life is like that. Some people have experienced things in their lives that instill that healthy respect for it inside of them. Others have not arrived at those places yet, and they usually exhibit a little anxiety when approaching. They are filled with excitement, especially in a crowd, but underneath all that excitement is a fear of the unknown.
It reminds me of heaven. Thoughts swirl around about what heaven must be like. When we’re in a crowd, and the subject of heaven comes up, most everyone shares the excitement, but underneath that excitement rests a little anxiety over the fear of the unknown.
What is heaven really like?
What will we be doing?
What does God look like?
Will my pet be there?
Will I see my loved one?
I’m sure several questions come to mind when one thinks about heaven. I don’t have all the answers, but I have faith it will be just fine.
A little insight.
As I write this, I am reminded of a Bible passage that gives me great hope.
John 14:1-4: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Heaven; what a wonderful promise.
The disciples had just received disturbing news in the prior passages. Jesus was comforting his disciples and asking them to trust him. He was going to prepare a place for them in heaven.
Do you trust Him? Do you trust what the Savior of the world says and do you have a healthy respect for Him?
Father, I thank you for sharing your Son, Jesus Christ, with me, with us. Lord, if we are wavering on the trust issue, help us to grow more confidently in that area. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
In His Service