Imagine a blind man who sees for the first time. During his life people explain the best way they know how the beauty of what the eye sees. The coolness of the color green or the warmth of the colors orange or yellow can be explained in many ways but it doesn’t quite capture the reality of what others actually see. One day the blind man can see clearly. The coolness of the color green becomes a visual reality. All the foliage of the trees with varying shades of green become more than a reality. The sunrises and sunsets with the brilliant shades of warmth and beauty become indescribable.
Everything people told him while blind is true but when sight is given it’s as though he is now part of all that he has ever known.
Salvation is the same way. Preachers, family and friends tell us everything in the Bible is true. We are hungry to know more. We read and study the Bible, listen to others tell about it and tell others ourselves about the love of Jesus Christ. We believe and we know that Jesus will bring us to heaven at the end of our earthly life, yet what we imagine and what we learn doesn’t even scratch the surface of the beauty of actually being in heaven.
When the doors to heaven open for us the beauty far exceeds anything our limited minds can know. The colors and sounds in heaven are greater than we can explain. In the midst of all the radiance is Jesus Christ Who reaches for our hand with His nail scared hand to receive us. Along with Him are the ones we love who were received before us. To explain the beauty, warmth and acceptance of heaven will take an eternity.
While it’s difficult not to grieve over the loss of loved ones already in heaven it’s comforting to know they are in safekeeping with Christ. He keeps them in the glory of His presence and we will join them one day. Only God knows the full beauty of the plans He has for those of us who trust and wait.
2 Peter 1:10-11 Living Bible
So, dear brothers, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen, and then you will never stumble or fall away. And God will open wide the gates of heaven for you to enter into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.