Thursday, November 16, 2006

This Week's Devotional

This was today's devotional that was emailed to me. I thought, given my deep thoughts on Monday, it would be appropriate to share this week.

Home Sweet Home
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden

“In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2

When I was in college, my psychology professor had our class participate in a test. The test was that each student in his or her mind envisioned a journey along a path. Each student was told to create his or her own details of the journey. At the last part of the path was a wall, where we were told to write down what that wall looked like and how we got to the other side of it. Then, we shared some of our own differing details out loud. At the end, the professor explained what each detail about the wall and getting to the other side of it represented in our life.

When it came to the wall, some classmates saw a large concrete wall with barbed wire or a brick wall that they had to scale and struggle to get over. The professor called on me and asked me what my wall looked like. My answer seemed very different from the others in the class. My wall was the wall of a home and to get to the other side, I simply opened the door and walked in. My professor looked at me for a moment, and said, “Interesting.” For, according to the professor, the wall represented our view on death and how you get to the other side represented the amount of fear one has in facing death.

My professor may not have understood my answer that day, but I knew. For a Christian, death from this life means going home to heaven. I don’t need to be afraid of the afterlife or dying or what comes next, for I have the promises of Jesus in my life. I have been given the mercy and grace of a Savior who died for us all so that we may have eternal life.

No one is absolutely sure what heaven looks like or will be like. The Bible gives us a glance, but not an ultimate picture of what is waiting for us. What we do know about heaven is this: It will be home. Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for each person who believes. We may know little about what is on the other side of this life, but here is what else we know: that is where our Master and Maker is. We will spend eternity in something greater than we can even imagine, simply because Jesus is there. And that is enough. There is no reason to be afraid.


JustMe said...

This reminds me of my advisor, my freshman year of college, who had me sit in his office and visualize a path, and coming up to a body of water, and seeing something in the water, etc...he had me do this for at least 15 minutes. When I was done he talked about how I was in a relationship and was unsure about the future, having difficulties - and I think there was also something about death in his exercise. He was pretty much dead-on and I was totally stunned. Today my wall was old, gray stones in a quiet forest, and there were ropey vines hangind over that I could easily grab and use to climb over it. On the other side was the same quiet forest. So I guess for me death is final, but not difficult or scary, and on the other side is a continuation of the peaceful journey I'm on.

It's funny how there are two sides to the spiritual coin on so many things, like death. For a while Satan had me convinced that death was an escape from the pain of living; now I see death as the beginning of an eternity of joy.

StephieAnne said...

beautiful Heather, thank you for sharing!