What is Heaven Like?

 

Have you ever seen a beautiful sunset, waterfall, or rainbow and wondered what heaven must be like? 

When we lose a loved one, we absolutely wonder what heaven is like and we try to imagine what it must be like for them. Or sometimes we even try to picture for ourselves what heaven will be like for us. I often do, and as far back as I can remember, I always have.

For example, our little family has traveled to Yosemite National Park at least once or twice a year for many years. It is one of our favorite places on the planet. I remember the very first time I saw the massive granite cliffs towering heavenward, the gushing waterfalls spilling over the hanging valleys to the valley floor far below, and the densely forested mountaintops blanketed in snow. I thought: surely, this must be what heaven will be like.

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Volumes have been written on the topic, of course, because as finite human beings we wonder about eternal life, and we seek at least some glimpses of its existence somewhere. So we often look to nature for those glimpses. I will always remember exactly how it felt seeing my first African sunset in Kruger Game Park, how the light spread out in rich amber shades over the vast South African veld that seemed to stretch for all eternity. I thought: surely, this must be what heaven will be like.

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We see the signs and wonders of God’s nature in His creation, but can we have even the vaguest idea of the glories of heaven? When I am overwhelmed by the breathtaking beauty I see, I think of that verse from Corinthians:

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9a

So when we stand at the base of a joyful waterfall in the forest, hear birds singing rapturously melodious songs, see the near-infinite beauty of the most glorious sunset, then we must think of that scripture, that nothing can compare to what is in store for those who love Him. When I think of it, I am overwhelmed and closer to my God and Savior who promises us:

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:2

Pastor Greg Laurie expands powerfully on what Jesus promised to those who follow Him:

Jesus promises that there is a real place called heaven, and you have His word on it . . .Who can begin to imagine what these “homes” or “dwelling places” will be like?

All I know is that Jesus Himself—the One who created the universe with all its wonders—has been working on preparing a place for us for more than 2,000 years. . .Jesus has promised us that we will be together with Him in heaven, for eternity, in the place He has prepared for us. And He will keep His word.” [1]

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1 Laurie, G. (2010, July 26). Heavenly Hope. Retrieved from the Greg Laurie Blog website:
http://blog.greglaurie.com/?p=3738

[Yosemite photographs courtesy of Russell R. Knipp]

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