Homesick for Heaven
Yesterday evening I sat outside while Caleb was playing in the sand box. I had magazines with me but I never touched them because as I looked around me at God’s beautiful world, I was filled with longing for Him and for heaven.
My eyes filled with tears as I thought about it. What an awesome thought that I am actually going to go to heaven someday. I will be there.
“What if it were today? Glad day, glad day, then I shall see my friend. . . . .” (from a hymn)
After I put Caleb to bed, I read in one of my books these quotes from Richard Baxter:
“Christian, believe this and think on it: you will be eternally embraced in the arms of that love which was from everlasting and will extend to everlasting. .That love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, butteted, spit upon, crucified, pierced. . .that love will eternally embrace you.”
“The noblest of Christians are they whose faces are most direct for heaven. . .What makes such frozen, uncomfortable Christians, but their living so far from heaven?”
“The diligent keeping of your hearts in heaven will maintain the vigour of all your graces, and put life into all your duties. The heavenly Christian is the lively Christian. . .We run so slowly, and strive so lazily, because we so little mind the prize.”
“The heavenly man will be speaking of heaven, and the strange glory his faith has seen, and our speedy and blessed meeting there. How refreshing and useful are his expressions! How his words pierce and melt the heart, and transform hearers into other men! That is the Christian of the right stamp, and all about him are better because of him. . .For my part, I had rather have the company of a heavenly minded Christian than that of the most learned disputants or princely commanders.”
“What a pity that Christians should ever meet together without some talk of their meeting in heaven or of the way to it, before they part. Pity that so much time is spent in vain conversation and useless disputes, and not a serious word of heaven among them. . .Should not Christians be delighted in talking of Christ, and the heirs of heaven in talking of their inheritance?”
Wherever thou meetest a Christian, he is going to heaven.
Just An Ordinary Day
Sometime some ordinary day will come,
And there will be no hint from silent skies,
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing