Hi God. I can’t believe they’re gone! It’s kind of surreal, and I’m not even positive what I’m feeling yet. A little numb. A bit like it isn’t real. Then tears.
Like something has been taken from me. Then a tendency to buck up and be strong. It feels like I’m trying to lean into my own strength and it’s fake. And maybe . . . I’m even a little mad!
All this might seem so weird to you. I mean, I know Heaven is the most beautiful place that exists. I know they’re living in a place that has no sickness, no disease, no hatred, no hurt . . . it doesn’t even get dark at night.
The temperature is always perfect! Their body has been glorified and they don’t even have to go to the gym. Not to mention, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. All that food and no workout required!
Okay . . . comic relief for a second. But I already miss them again. I can’t believe I’ve lost them! But I haven’t “lost” them; I know exactly where they are!
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! They’re in Heaven with you! I’ve just never been there so it’s hard for me to conceive of that place.
But Heaven is REAL. I’ve never been to Timbuktu, but it’s real––with deserts and museums and cafes. I’ve never been to Antarctica, but it’s all ice shelves, glaciers, and penguins there. Just because I haven’t seen it . . . doesn’t mean it isn’t real.
This is when I have to trust you to take care of them better than I can. But who’s going to take care of me??? Oh. Yeah. You. Okay, I’m blushing. I should have known that!
I’m going to miss them, desperately, but this isn’t a forever goodbye. It’s like they’ve moved to Antarctica–– only warmer and more beautiful because it’s HEAVEN!
They’ve moved and I will see them again. When I move. Just not for a few years. I can do this, Lord. I can trust you with my sweet loved one until I get to see them again.
The funny thing is, they won’t even get a chance to miss me. A day in heaven is like a thousand years on earth. To them, I’ll be there in the blink of an eye! That’s how much you care for them. They have everything! They have you in heaven.
None of this took you by surprise. You’ve been building a house for them in heaven, getting just the right furnishings, and getting everything ready for their arrival. You’ve been waiting for this amazing moment when they get to be with you.
Thank you, Jesus, for taking care of the people I love! Tell them I miss them and I’ll be there before they can blink. And Lord, help me to lean into you when I miss them. I want to finish strong on the Earth in everything you have called me to do. I trust you!
I wanted to share this chapter from my NEW book “Hi God, One More Thing”. It just seemed very relevant this week.
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