God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart… (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)
I inherited a large-print Bible from my aunt. While perusing the pages, I found this familiar passage from John circled in pencil. In her trademark handwriting, my aunt wrote in the margin: “To God be the glory!”
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14: 1 & 2 NKJV)
This familiar passage reminds me Christian faith pivots on the promise of eternal life.
My aunt was bright, talkative, funny. Her laughter was spontaneous and hearty. She loved words like I do. As a child, I sat mesmerized while she recited long poems from memory.
She was also a masterful gardener. Her well-tended garden yielded bountiful crops of veggies. She especially loved flowers. Many varieties surrounded her small house.
When my aunt was dying, I went to the care facility to visit. I knew she wouldn’t recognize me, but I needed to spend time in her feeble presence recalling the impact her life had on mine.
When she woke, I rose from a vinyl chair and stood next to her bedside.
“How are you doing?”
With a twinkle in her cloudy eyes, she said she was about to move into a cute little house a team of men were getting ready for her. With characteristic animation, she explained each room would be decorated in a different way. “Oh,” she added, “There will be SO many flowers!” The frail woman whose life ebbed away seemed as elated as a kid waiting for Christmas!
Many would dismiss my aunt’s words as mere ramblings of a dying person.
Is it possible she was given a little preview of the Heavenly home being prepared for her? Could it be that one of those ‘mansions’ Jesus spoke of to his friends is a cute little house surrounded by massive beds of ruffled peonies, jewel-toned zinnias, beauteous begonias and every imaginable variety of fragrant rose?
As Mercy Me conjectures in their compelling song, I Can Only Imagine…
Consider & Imagine:
- Consider your views related to end of life and eternity. How do those views impact the way you live everyday life?
- Let your thoughts flow freely. Imagine, what would you like your heavenly ‘mansion’ to look like? (I’d like mine to be on the ocean!)
God, Giver of Life,
Your very breath bestows life. You know each step I take in my earthly journey. You also know what my life will be like after I’ve taken my final breath. Help me live each day well, loving you and loving others in the light of eternity. Amen
Blessings to you and those you love…
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