Heaven on My Mind
by Katherine Kehler Share page

 “He has put eternity in their hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11b).

When my brother learned he had Lou Gehrig’s disease (a terminal, progressive, motor-neuron disease also known as ALS), his plans changed. He and his wife June had been planning to buy a house and start a business — we had spent many evenings with them discussing the details. But God had another plan for their lives, and it was good!

The topic of our conversations changed, as now Frank had heaven on his mind. Of course, he was concerned about June’s well being and who would look after her when he was gone. But the Lord strengthened him in an amazing way. This included giving him a vision of a huge angel (thirty stories tall) who would protect her.

We spent many evenings watching Bill and Gloria Gaither videos. They sang a lot of songs about heaven, and heaven was on our minds.

During the last few years of Frank’s life, I read two significant books on heaven, one by Joni Eareckson and the other by C.S. Lewis. Both helped broaden my heavenly perspective. We know and think so little about our future home. 

Last week I received an e-mail from Betty, who felt that something was missing in her life.  She loved the Lord and served Him wholeheartedly, but still, something was missing. She didn’t realize that she was missing home — heaven.  Like all of us, she is on a journey.  Earth is not our final destination — we are just passing through. We will never feel totally at home here, because heaven is our home.

I know that now. However, when my mother died, I knew she was in heaven, but I wasn’t sure of where I would be spending eternity. How about you? Are you sure you will go to heaven when you die? 

Frank was sure and was looking forward to heaven. You can too.

Father, this world is not our home. We are on a journey to be with You. So often we forget. My desire and prayer is, Lord, that all the people who read this devotional will know with absolute certainty that when they die, they will be in heaven with You. Amen.

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