Struggling with my heavy suitcase I stepped up to the counter to arrange for my trip. I looked up, amazed, to see that the receptionist was glowing. This took me aback for a few moments. I’d never seen anything like it.
Before I could say a word, he smiled broadly and spoke to me in the most soothing voice.
“You won’t need that,” he said pointing to my luggage, “in fact you can’t take anything at all simply because you won’t be needing anything.”
Stunned I looked back over my shoulder toward my case which had vanished! Can this really be happening?
“Well, when does the flight leave?” I stammered.
“I am not sure. No one knows exactly when. But, I do know you are a lot closer to leaving than you were 20 years ago, even a lot closer than yesterday,” he stated.
Now I was really scratching my head.
“I can, however, describe it to you somewhat,” he went on all the while sporting that dazzling and calming smile.
“I know you have been to South Africa. There you were captivated by the lush, verdant Valley of 1000 Hills and stunned at the depths of the Blyde River Canyon. In Zimbabwe you marveled at the Smoke that Thunders, Victoria Falls, then cruised lazily down the Zambezi River near the hypos. Kruger’s fascinating wildlife had you wondering if you were suddenly in the National Geographic magazine. Ohhh, but this journey, My Dear, is far far beyond even those spectacular wonders. And, yes, the streets truly are paved with gold just as you have always read,” he continued.
“The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21 NIV
“I I haven’t been well so my granddaughter will be accompanying me to help out,” I stuttered.
“No one can go with you. This is a journey you make alone. In truth it is not a trip at all. You are moving! You are leaving for all eternity! This new land has been prepared for you. You won’t have any need of assistance there because there won’t be any more pain, not even any sorrow or heartache,” he serenely stated.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nether sorrow, nor crying, nether shall there be any more pain: or the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, behold I make all things new.” Revelation 21:4
Somehow I was instantly filled with joyous anticipation replacing the nervous anxiety and dread I had been feeling.
“Well, may I at least purchase my ticket?” I asked struggling to find my voice.
“Oh no,” he said. “Jesus has already paid for you.” At this point I was sure that just for a moment he glowed even brighter at the mention of Jesus’ name.
“By the way, others will join you at another time if they love Jesus too. You will not be the least bit lonely. Believe me when I say that being with Jesus will be far more than enough.”
Immediately I went into full preparation mode. I spoke to everyone, especially my children, about this journey with immense joy and excitement, not sad trepidation as before.
I am here now. Heaven is a real place described 276 times in the Bible. I can only say one thing.
“But as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” Thessalonians 4:17