When events like the blood moon happen, it makes me wonder what heaven is like. If there are things that incredible to see on earth, how much more amazing is heaven going to be?
It is easy to be focused on our earthly lives while we live them, but we can’t get caught up. We can’t fall for the lies – lies that this is all there is, that we can’t make a difference, and that God is not love. We have to keep our eyes on the prize, even though we have no memories of that prize.
One way I remind myself to live for heaven comes from a verse in Revelation. Revelation 21:18 says, “The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as clear as glass.” No, I cannot imagine what that sight must be. My brain cannot comprehend the beauty yet. But one thing I did is bought pieces of jasper to keep around the house. The physical sight and feel of it helps me remember life is not about me, not about this moment. There is a whole eternity ahead of me and one day everything that happens will make sense. (Or maybe they won’t, but I won’t care.)
Some of the jasper I bought went to my girls. I explained that the walls in heaven are made of this beautiful red stone (we like our gems.) I gave them each a piece so they have a piece of heaven here on earth. I pray that one day, if they are thinking of doing something they know not to do, they will see that and make the right choice. I don’t know the impact that rock will have on their lives, but God does.
Seeing a piece of jasper on my kitchen windowsill while I wash dishes brings me gratitude. All I have and all the love I am given washes over me. I think of how I have come a long way and how so many others have so far to come. They may feel helpless and hopeless, but I may be here to encourage them and show them the way. I yearn for heaven and need to live for it. I am here to steward the resources God has given me while I am here. My time, talents, and money should be spent showing God’s love.
How do we keep ourselves focused on heaven while living on earth? We do everything we can for the helpless and hopeless. We become Jesus’ hands and feet while serving. We cry with the hurting and laugh with the ones who need a friend. We listen and encourage. We use healing words over hateful ones. Day by day, we shine like the light we are created to be as we get closer to the day we see Jesus face to face.
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