I watched an episode of Secret Millionaire one Sunday. I really like that show and am impressed by the millionaires and their openness about themselves, but the man on the show this time was really impressive. He was a very humble man and he was brought to tears many times during the show. What struck my heart was this father’s comments about his 5 children. He mentioned them many times and every time he referred to them as his 5 children. Nothing unusual about that except that he shared in the beginning of the show that they had lost one child – a baby born with no heartbeat. They showed a close up of them holding the tiny hand of the child that died.
While he mentioned God, I never heard him mention heaven. So I am assuming here that he shares the belief that children go to heaven when they leave our arms. I believe that and yet the reality of it never hit home with me like it did this day listening to that man refer to his 5th child the same way he referred to his other 4; as though that child is just as present to him as the others he can see and hold.
This made me cry. Why? Because I have 3 children in heaven. Children I seldom think about or talk about. Children most people who know me well don’t even know about. I believe they are in heaven but that seems so far away and beyond reach that I seldom think about heaven or those babies. This man brought heaven closer; made me see it differently, made me wonder about my children and made me miss them with an intensity that surprised me. And it made me marvel at the God who not only placed eternity in our hearts but prepared a place, a heavenly place, to hold those that we can’t hold, to keep what we can’t keep until that day when we are reunited. What an awesome God we serve! What a day that will be when I see my children face to face. Right now it is enough to know they are whole and happy and spending time with their grandparents and their Uncle Rick.
This verse comes to mind when I think on these things – II Timothy 1:12 – “for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day”.
Some healings take place this side of heaven, others wait for heaven. I don’t know why that is, but I am grateful for the healing my three children experience now in heaven.
Thank You Lord for holding those I can’t hold, for preparing a grand reunion for us all. Thank You that I will be rejoined with my children and we will spend eternity together in a place that is far beyond my wildest imaginations. Prepare us for heaven, all my children, all my grandchildren, all my family, me to live with Thee there, I ask in Your name. Amen.