Isn’t it funny how we have a hard time with things we can’t see? Many people have congratulated me because I’m “going to be” a grandma. I am already a grandmother. I sent my daughter, Anna, a Mother’s Day card and told her she is now carrying this little one in her womb, but very shortly she will be carrying him in her arms. Either way, she is very much the mother of her baby.
We believe in the wind even though we can’t see it… only the effects of it. We are sustained by oxygen and we sure believe in it even though we can’t see it. Because we can’t see it, doesn’t make it any less real.
I was saddened this morning to learn that a sweet Christian lady had gone to be with the Lord. I wasn’t sad for her because I know she is in heaven, but I empathize with her husband. When I conveyed this to my pastor he said, Yes, they are precious people. I liked the way he used the present tense because we understand she is more alive now than she ever has been and is even sweeter because she bears the likeness of Christ.
After the doctors told my husband he probably had less than a year to live, he thought a lot about the dying process. He wasn’t afraid to die because he placed his trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ…his death, burial, and resurrection and he claimed the promises in God’s Word, the Bible. He had no trouble believing the Bible because he had seen and felt God work in his own life…changing, teaching and leading him as only God could.
However, he was concerned about the suffering he might have to endure before he died. But he often said he believed leaving this life was as simple as walking through a door or going to sleep. Interestingly enough, he passed in his sleep, just the way he had hoped. When you’re tired at night, he would say, you fall asleep and wake up the next morning. You can’t remember the exact moment you fell asleep, but you know you did. Then you wake up to find it’s morning. I think that is the way it is when a Christian dies. You go to sleep and wake up in glory. Your faith may be good enough to live with, but is it good enough to die with? David’s was.
I have come to believe the only thing that separates us from heaven is a veil. Eternity is not confined by time or space. I believe there is a wonderful other world just beyond the skies and if we could only see it, we would live SO differently. We wouldn’t get upset or discouraged about things that don’t really matter. We would live life more intentionally because we would realize how temporal this life really is. We wouldn’t be so sad when our loved ones left, because we could see how marvelously overjoyed they are now in God’s presence.
But we can’t see. So we must have faith and keep an eternal perspective. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Does our unbelief make God sad? I hope not, but it probably does. I say, like the father in Mark 9:24 said, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
May we be as persuaded by the things we can’t see as we are by the things we can see!
Keep looking up!