By Carey Kinsolving
“When I see God, I will give him a big hug,” says Whitney. “Then I will go say ‘hi’ to all the people in Bible times. Then I will ask him everything I ask my parents that they can’t answer.”
Whitney, I’m sure your parents will rejoice with you.
“I will fall down on my face and worship God,” says Blain, 8. “Then I will go to see my dog in heaven. Next, I will go see my cousin.”
If Blain’s cousin is reading this column, please don’t feel bad about waiting in line behind Blain’s dog. It’s amazing how many of my friends said they look forward to seeing their dogs in heaven. Cats may be another matter.
We can confidently say that God will fulfill the hearts of his people. If you need your dog to make your heavenly life complete, maybe God will give you a dog you’ll never have to feed.
“I will go to see Jesus and ask him if you ever get to play in heaven. I love God,” says Carson, 8.
I promise you, Carson, you’ll have more enjoyment in heaven than you’ve ever had on Earth. Anyone who stops long enough to examine God’s artistry in creation can’t help but notice playfulness. Consider dolphins as they swim, horses as they frolic and children as they pretend to be heroic characters. Play seems so natural to all of them.
What’s the purpose behind all this play? Maybe playfulness is an overflow of God’s life. God’s life will flow unhindered through his people, his creatures and his kingdom.
“My eyeballs will fly out of their sockets, and my mouth will fall to the ground!” says Hillary, 8. “And God will be glowing! I will hold onto his leg so tight that he can’t let me go, no matter how much power he has.”
Hillary, you won’t have to grab God’s leg. He’s the one holding you. Speaking of those who have trusted him as their savior, Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).
As for God’s glowing, Trevor, 7, says, “I will close my eyes because God is full of glory.”
The Lord told Moses, “No man can see me and live” (Exodus 33:20). God covered Moses with his hand as he passed by. Moses didn’t see God’s glory straight on but probably from behind as it trailed off, so to speak.
Three of Jesus’ disciples saw a brief unveiling of God’s glory when Jesus took them to the top of a mountain. Jesus’ face became as bright as the sun, and his clothes looked like a flash of lightning. In God’s kingdom, the sun and moon won’t be needed because the light will be supplied by God’s glory (Revelation 21:23). Now that’s glory!
“I would fall and faint,” says Christopher, 8. “I would scream. I’d be surprised. I would know that I’m in heaven.”
Christopher, you’ll definitely know you’re in heaven, but you shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus promised his life and a place in his kingdom for all who believe in him. Your eternal destiny is sealed when you trust the Lord Jesus as your only hope for heaven.
Think about this: God opens the eyes of those who want to see him.
Memorize this truth: “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:31).
Ask this question: Will you allow God to open your eyes?
What Will You Do When You See God? (Part 1)
By Carey Kinsolving