Have you ever wondered if there are birthdays in heaven? I have always enjoyed celebrating birthdays. It is a special time to let people know how much I love them. It is a happy time to celebrate life.
On my children’s birthdays I usually think back to the day they were born and how special it was to finally meet them in person. After many months of anticipation, I was able to hold them for the first time and be in awe of one of God’s greatest blessings in my life.
Today is David’s first birthday in heaven. Could it be that God had similar feelings about David… His child, entering heaven, as we do when our children enter this world? I realize we don’t think like God does, but we are made in His image so it could be possible.
I wonder if they are celebrating his birthday in heaven. But would it not be more appropriate to celebrate the first day he entered heaven (the place he was created for) on March 11, 2015? After all, the work of David’s life had just been completed! He had fought a good fight and finished the race. The battle had been won thanks to Jesus and His work on the cross. David’s faith had become sight!
And because David had put his faith and trust in Jesus, I think he heard Jesus say,
Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
2 Peter 3:8 says,
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
So I wonder if there is just one long day of rejoicing and celebrating because of who God is and what Jesus has done and who we will be when we finally enter heaven….a saint of God, clothed in the righteousness of Jesus, complete, and without sin.
Had Jesus been anticipating David’s arrival in heaven since his birth 51 years ago? Was Jesus just as excited to welcome David into heaven as David was to be there? Many times David said he couldn’t wait to feel Jesus’ arms around him, hugging him tight. I believe David is enjoying lots of good hugs now.
We are so happy here when a baby is born. And we are sad when our loved ones move to their real home in heaven…and rightly so because we miss them. But God doesn’t see it as we do.
When we enter this world by birth, we enter a place of unrest, trouble, and pain. But when we enter the next world (heaven) by death, we enter a place of perfect peace, where all is well. God understands this much better than we do.
Psalm 116:15 says,
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 says,
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
Job 5:7 says,
…man is born unto trouble,
In Philippians 1:21, Paul said,
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Paul would live for Christ while he was on this earth, but he said it would be even better when he died and was with Jesus.
My great grandfather lived within a few days of turning 101 years old. But I’ll bet if we had asked him if he felt like he had lived a long time, he probably would have said life had gone by pretty quickly. Even if we live 100 years, our time on earth is not very long compared to eternity.
Psalm 90:10 says,
The days of our years are threescore years and ten (70 years); and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, (80) yet in their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Sometimes life seems to go by slowly for us here, but James 4:14 says,
For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
I hope this blog isn’t discouraging. Many people don’t like to think about this life being short or the fact that death is imminent. It is easier and happier to think about the good things in this world, especially if you’re not sure where you stand with God.
But the Bible has a lot to say about what happens after this life. Whether we like to think about it or believe it or not, the facts remain the same. Jesus spent a lot of time urging people to prepare for life after this world.
Personally, I love thinking about seeing Jesus for the first time and seeing David again. It fills me with hope and helps me get through the tough days here. Jesus said,
Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. I (Jesus) am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14: 1-4, 6)
If I had spent years preparing a gift for someone I loved, I would be beside myself with excitement to finally be able to present it to them and see their reaction! Jesus has worked on heaven for at least a couple thousand years. We cannot even imagine what God has in store for those of us who have made Jesus Lord of our lives. I Corinthians 2:9 says,
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
So even though my heart aches at David’s absence, I’m thankful the Lord gave us 25 years together here and that we will have all eternity together. I will miss baking his favorite chocolate cake and singing “Happy Birthday” to him today, but I know he is having a grand time right now and living like he never has before.
Happy Birthday David,
P.S. David and I had a 25 year running discussion on what a chocolate cake was. He said his favorite cake was a chocolate one, but it was actually a yellow cake with chocolate icing. My argument was that a chocolate cake was brown and had chocolate in it and the cake is named according to its flavor, not the frosting. Neither of us ever convinced the other. I guess we can continue this debate in heaven. 🙂