April 10, 2020
I originally wrote this blog months ago, but for some reason the Lord wanted me to wait. With the arrival of this pandemic I’m now certain why.
It was hard to even find an image to go along with how I feel today. But, as I think about flowers and the current season our world is in. I find that flowers resemble a glimpse of heaven to me. So beautiful and delicate. I’ve spent a lot of my time outdoors the past few weeks listening to the birds and watching the blooms unfold their gorgeous vibrant hues of hope. I’ve realized that has been the start of finding heaven here during this time.
At this point it’s been several months since I heard the sermon that would change my perspective about a lot of things in my life. I thought I would share that with you today. One verse from that sermon struck my heart and I’ve meditated on it since. Matthew 6:9-10 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. I’ve heard this verse my whole life, and I never fully put it into perspective until now.
I didn’t realize that as a believer we’ve been given a gift. More than just salvation, a gift to find heaven here on earth. We all have that ability. Given our circumstances, now more than ever we should be seeking heaven on earth. Heaven is here. There are glimmers of hope and heaven within the walls of quarantine. You can find it in the hands of doctors, nurses, medical staff, and essential employees, but also in this season you can find it here at home. Your home with your family. We’ve become too busy to seek it.
For the past few years I’ve written a year end blog post. Occasionally I reread old blog posts. I recently read this post from March 2018 (click here for the post). There was a lot of personal development and healing that year. I could feel pain in those words that I had written. Pain I’ve kept with me for a really long time. Since then I’ve healed a lot of my “broken” self, but it’s been a hard journey to endure.
I realize that some of you may feel broken during this time. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes we receive bad news, sometimes things don’t go as planned, and sometimes we don’t know how to react. Trust me when I say I know how it feels to not know why something is happening. Whether that be a diagnosis, a job you didn’t get, or not being accepted to your school of choice, and in today’s case a pandemic.
This verse from Matthew 6:9-10 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. When I take a closer look at this verse I hear God’s voice saying that he wants for you the same things that are on earth as they are in heaven. One of the most beautiful gifts God has given us as believers is the ability to share a glimpse of heaven through ourselves here on earth.
It’s easy to bury yourself in whatever it is you’re facing, trust me I’ve done it. You can stay there in that place, let it take over you, or you can choose to see it differently. You’ve got that choice. I’m starting to notice heaven daily. Are you?
I know our current circumstances are not ideal friends, but I promise if you look a little more closely you’ll start to find a glimpse of heaven.
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