My grandpa is not doing well. His health is failing and we do not know how much longer he will be with us.
I sat down the other day to explain this to our kids:
"Kids, we are going to take a quick trip to Illinois to see Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa isn't doing well and -"
Hannah interrupts me with a smile on her face and uplifted hands, "Is he going to heaven?!"
"Well, Grandpa does love Jesus and he is born again, so yes, he will be going to heaven."
At this point Hannah is almost giddy with excitement. "He will see Jesus, and be in heaven, and it will be so wonderful!"
I'm trying to hold myself together. Her thrill of the thought of my grandpa having a wonderful time in heaven is almost too much for me.
She gets it.
In her little 4 year old mind she sees how this life is just a passage. This life has some joys and pleasures, but boy, heaven is where we should be looking to go.
With childlike anticipation.
The conversation continued along the lines of dying for a few more minutes but neither Owen or Hannah were distressed at the thought of being done with this earth.
Hannah ends the conversation with a sigh and a longing on her face, "How much longer do we have to wait until Jesus comes?!"
Hebrews 11:13-15 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come. With Jesus' help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name