GOD’S WAITING ROOM FOR HEAVEN
Some of the people at my mother-in-law’s trailer park for seniors in Florida refer to the place as “God’s waiting room for heaven.” At first, I thought that it sounded pessimistic and gloomy, but as I’ve gotten to know them better, I realize that’s not how they see life. They are making the most of the time they have left, but know that one day God will call them to heaven.
When I think of a waiting room, I think of sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for the door to open and a call for me to enter. Sometimes the wait is long and I watch others go ahead of me. Then other times it’s a short wait for my name is called right away. I never know when I will be called. While waiting I look around and notice who has been there before me and who arrived later. I try to find a way to pass the time until I am called. I’m not in a hurry to enter, but I know the time is coming so I may as get it over with. I wonder, is that how I am waiting for God to call me home? Is that how you are facing your future?
A waiting room doesn’t have to be that way, though. For God’s people is should be more like a bride and groom waiting in separate rooms in church for the pastor to call them into the sanctuary to be joined together forever. They are full of joyful anticipation and great excitement. They are at the start of a wonderful, life-long love relationship unlike anything they have experienced before.
The person who has put their faith in Jesus is assured of victory over death and eternal life with Him in heaven. Jesus’ resurrection has opened the door for us so there is no fear of walking through it. Because, Jesus conquered death by coming back to life on that resurrection morning, so we are assured of a glorious entrance into glory with Him. Praise God for that!
Maybe this trailer park really is God’s waiting room for heaven. It could be said the whole state of Florida is a waiting room. But actually, all of life, from a person’s first breath, is headed in that direction. We are all in God’s waiting room. Everyone on earth is waiting. No one knows when the door will open and they will be called to pass through. But there is never any reason to feel fear or gloom, because when our name is called, real life will just begin!
John 3:16 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
How do you view death? How are you adjusting to getting closer to your call into His presence?