Thinking about Heaven 1
'We...would prefer to be...at home with the Lord.' 2 Corinthians 5:8 NIV
The sense that we will live forever has shaped every civilisation in history. In the pyramids of Egypt, the embalmed bodies had maps placed beside them as guides to the future world. In AD 125, a Greek named Aristides wrote, 'When a Christian passes from this world, they rejoice...and escort his body with songs of thanksgiving as if he were setting out from one place to another nearby.'In 1952 young Florence Chadwick stepped into the Pacific, just off Catalina Island, determined to swim to the mainland of California. She'd already been the first woman to swim the English Channel; both ways. The weather was foggy and chilly; she could hardly see the boats accompanying her. Still, she swam for 15 hours. When she begged to be taken out of the water, her mother, who was in a boat alongside, told her she was close and that she could make it. But, exhausted, she stopped swimming and was pulled out. It wasn't until she was on the boat that she discovered that the shore was less than half a mile away. At a news conference the next day she said, 'All I could see was the fog...I think if I could have seen the shore I would have made it.'Heaven is not a myth; it's a magnet that pulls us in the direction of home. A home, which Paul describes as 'better by far' (Philippians 1:23 NIV). So what now? No matter how tough life gets, keep your eyes on the heavenly shore; draw strength each day from God, and you'll make it!
Soulfood: Jonah 1:10 - 2:10, Matt 12:38-42