I’m sure every person has experienced the pain of being homesick. Kids often feel this way when they spend the nIght at friend’s house. I recall stretches of homesickness in college. Sometimes we even find we are missing home when we take a family vacation, though we are with our family members. But being homesick for heaven….now that is a tough one to deal with some days. This life of brokenness and pain is not the one God originally intended for us. And some days, I would like nothing more than to be there now in heaven for eternity with the almighty God.
Being homesick for heaven can be a good thing. Our priorities can be better aligned with God’s during these times. Hopefully we find even more compassion for the lost and devotion to sharing God’s truths. Earthly pleasures lose more of their appeal. But it can also just make us grieve for what should have been and pull us down if we aren’t careful.
So what triggers this unique type of homesickness? After all, we have not yet been in heaven to miss it! We do have some great descriptions of what heaven will be like. We will be in God’s presence and be entirely loved and accepted. We will all be focused on worshipping God as he so deserves. And we will know and be known by all people there in perfect harmony.
Tasting just a bit of those types of things are what usually triggers my homesickness: Being part of a group worshiping God together in song and prayer; being part of a healing conversation with a friend, risking vulnerability and finding love and acceptance; serving God in a way we realize He has perfectly orchestrated; or even just resting in God’s presence, being loved and known completely. Such sweet times – foretastes of eternal life awaiting us.
Now to be patient and learn to live well in this life as we wait. Some days are easier than others So what do we do with this realization of what is to come, but not here yet. We allow God to set our hearts more fully on what matters right now, today. He helps us step further away from our temporary pleasures and distractions as we align our hearts with His plans and purposes. There is much to do, and many people who still need to hear about our God. Let’s stay faithful and hopeful as we live this life we have been given. Psalm 39:4 says,“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days let me know how fleeting my life is.” Even on the longest days, we can know this life won’t last forever and before we know it, it will only be a distant memory.
Revelation 21: 1-4
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”a for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’b or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.