I remember when I was in college and I was ready for the semester to end just so I could go home! I had been homesick more days than I cared to admit. I’d lie in my bunk and look at the pictures of home and family that I had tacked to the wall by my bed, and I would imagine myself there. I couldn’t wait to go! Everything was packed so when my ride arrived I’d be ready to hit the door.
Last night I remembered those feelings of wanting to go home as I watched my mother-in-law’s breathing slowing down, and the awareness of her surroundings become obscure. She, too, is ready to go home. She’s thought a lot about it in these months. She’s wondered out loud to me what it will be like to be in heaven. Who will she see? What will she do? She even said, “Once I get there, I wish I could come back and tell you what it’s like.” I told her to please warn me first! =)
But seriously, we don’t need someone to come back from heaven to give us a report. God’s Word is full of descriptions that make me homesick for heaven!
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev. 21:4
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; Isaiah 25:8
Mom C.’s preparation for heaven was made when she was a girl of five years-old. She trusted Christ as her Savior as a result of hearing a revival message at church. That night at bedtime, she asked her mother to show her how to be saved. It was that day that her luggage for heaven got packed. Over the years, however, she’s sent treasures on before her, and each year on this earth has brought a greater desire to go. Similar to my home-sickness, she was homesick for heaven and her Savior.