Going Home

This post is from May 2007: 

Over the last few hours, I have heard about two people whom I know going home to be with the Lord.  So here are some thoughts kind of working through this whole idea of people passing away in my mind.  Death is such a hard thing on the human end for the people left behind.  It is one of those things that you know is coming eventually, but you do not even want to think about it.  I was thinking about heaven a few minutes ago and how wonderful it would be to be standing looking into the eyes of a Savior who knows my every flaw yet is unconditionally and uncontrollably in love with me.  This, I believe, would be an experience that is indescribable.  And then to see Him, the God of the universe, look into your eyes and say “well done my good and faithful servant.”  Just typing these words is giving me chills and this longing to be at home in the place of perfect peace in the presence of my Abba Father.  C. S. Lewis ends his Narnia series with words that I think paint a great picture of going to heaven: 

“…all of you are – as you used to call it in the Shadowlands – dead.  The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream has ended: this is the morning…the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for this is not the end of all stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.  All their life in this world…had only been the cover and the title page: now they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” 

As I reflect on how God has used people who have gone to be with Him to shape my life, I not only have a craving for union with God but also to live a life worthy of a “well done” from my King.  Life is short, but God is still God.  Even in the midst of death, pain, and hurt, He is still on the throne and is working His will and His way for His glory and the good of His children.