What will heaven be like?

A pastor once wrote ...

When it became obvious that I was about to lose my darling wife with whom I had shared life for more than half a century, it was unimaginably difficult to think of losing her.

And yet, as we talked about her going home, we tried to imagine just where Heaven was located, what it would be like, and how God would take her there. It seemed likely that God would assign an angel to come and carry her home at the speed of light, keeping her warm in his strong arms while he pointed out various stars and constellations they would pass on their way to heaven.

I can also imagine the angel whispering in her ear the names of those waiting to greet her with a warm hug as she passed through those huge pearly gates. It doesn't seem too much to imagine the angel getting so excited that he could not keep himself from telling her something of the magnificent splendor and joy that awaits her.

Surely God will take each of His family members home with perfect tenderness and great anticipation. Anything less would not be the way our loving God would have it. He would have everything done to perfection.

While looking up at the big bright moon, my darling and I talked quite a while about her space-travels ... and I mentioned that I might get a powerful telescope to try to catch a small glimpse of what she would be seeing on her way home. One of the last things she said to me before leaving was: "Don't forget the telescope."

So now, as gaze at the moon, I am awestruck.  I think of God's awesome power and it brings tears to my eyes.  Just think of it.

He has unlimited power on such a grand scale, and yet He cares so deeply about each and every one of us individually.  What a loving and amazing God He is.

In Hebrews 1:1-3 it is written that our loving Lord upholds all things "by the word of His power"... Think of it.

God created everything by His spoken command as described in Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, and 14.  And to this day He holds everything together by His command ... "by his powerful word." What incredible power. He is in command and control of everything in all creation. He alone owns all the wealth in our world and throughout the universe. He has all wisdom and knowledge and He is the sum total of perfect love ... and He loves us.

Reflecting on all this ... how do you choose to respond to God's invitation to join His family?

Adapted from a message written by Pastor Dwight Hall - November 2003