My idea of heaven is NOT having jobs to do lol. I know it sounds mean and selfish, BUT give me any job to do that doesn't involve me cleaning up and looking after people other than me. I've spent my life looking after and cleaning up after other people. My heavenly job would be hiking and observing the beauties of nature, and photographing it! And then coming home to a clean house...with a casserole cooking in the ovenScripture talks about some being in charge of cities and some in charge of a city.
So if some are in charge over cities then it's obvious we will have jobs and things to do.
And I would love to pop round to your house for dinner XXXMy heavenly job would be picking flowers, with no thorns of course. Actually I would look forward to doing some cooking since I dont really get to do much here as I dont have my own kitchen...in heaven I will have my own kitchen and get to bake bread and the angels can clean up after me.
I really enjoyed reading this! Thanks for sharing these thoughts.You have spent most of the day working hard in the garden. Things have gone well. Those persistent weeds have been removed. The lawn has been closely mown and the roses dead-headed, but the shears really need some sharpening. Now you can relax in a warm bath and soak the stiffness away. "Ah ! This is Heaven", you say.
Or, another time, you have had the grand-children for an hour or two. All is quiet again, and with all the toys cleared away and the chocolate stains scrubbed off the carpet, you sit down to relax. "Ah ! This", you say, "is Heaven".
Then again, with Elizabeth Barret Browning, you can enjoy the morning air as you lean on the garden gate. "The year’s at the spring / And day’s at the morn; / Morning’s at seven; / The hillside’s dew-pearled; / The lark’s on the wing; / The snail’s on the thorn; / God’s in His Heaven — All’s right with the world".
And there, perhaps, is a wrong thought. We assume that God is in His Heaven, up there somewhere, looking down on His creation with mixed feelings, but being kind to us at the moment; not demanding too much of our time and worship. He’s in His Heaven. But where is Heaven ? In the sky, somewhere ? All in the mind ? Must think about that later. It’s time to get ready for work now.
We each have our ideas of Heaven. But when we try to describe it, what do we mean ? Is it waiting at the pearly gates for St. Peter to admit us (hopefully), and are we really looking forward to playing the harp for all eternity ? A meeting with some we knew long ago ? All unchanged ? Where is Heaven, and what is it really like ?
If we compare the Gospels of Mark and Luke against that of Matthew, we find different expressions for the same thing. Might we understand better if we think of the Kingdom of Heaven as the Kingdom of God ? We get the feeling that the latter relates a little more to the here-and-now than to Heaven, which we think of as being more in the future. When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, He referred to the seeing of the Kingdom of God as being in this earthly life, and yet, face-to-face with Pilate, He explained that "My Kingdom is not of this world". It’s a mystery !
Mark quotes Jesus as telling His disciples, "Unto you it is given to KNOW the mystery of the Kingdom of God…..", making Heaven REAL in the heart. Here and now ! Jesus said "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you", and those words of Izaak Walton, written as an epitaph; "Of this blest man / Let his just praise be given. / Heaven was in him / Before he was in Heaven". Surely we each experience times of blessedness in this earthly life which we readily describe mentally as Heaven. Jesus did say "The Kingdom of Heaven is like this …." followed by several parables, which He explained to His disciples.
When Jesus put Himself in the place of the Temple, he wanted to convince His listeners that this wasn’t what it would be like some time in the future. It really was what it would be like from then on. This was the start of what God had promised it would be like when He would be King.
Re-thinking the content of the Gospels, we may be convinced that Heaven came to earth with and through Jesus, and that He gave the Holy Spirit to continue His work through mankind, so that over time, wrongs would be made right, and there would be progress towards God’s re-Creation.
Time would be involved, and the Body of Jesus would be represented by His Church. Jesus is using his people as He runs things in His Heaven on earth.
For me, Heaven is ....….... not a place.... not in the future.... but real, here and now.
For me, Heaven is a state of mind, and that is determined by one's thoughts. My thoughts are on several levels, and they are derived from memory, through input from the senses, and from the leading of the Holy Spirit.
As I type this, I'm in Heaven (and not because "I'm dancing cheek to cheek"). I know that all is and will be well for me. I look forward to enjoying whatever happens today, and tomorrow. I am content, even though my page just disappeared as I started to type here, and I had to restart, followed by the use of a different set of words. In fact, I am very happy, knowing that there was a good reason for that.
If I feel any disturbance, any difficult decision, even any pain, then within minutes, I can be back in Heaven, just by consciously following the advice of Jesus.
We just need to KNOW that we are each connected to our Creator. Then by following the Maker's instructions each of us can be in Heaven. Now, continuing here in His Heaven on earth, with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, "the earth shall be filled with the glory of God…..", finally, on the return of Jesus at the appointed Time.
Hello everyone;I wont need to wear glasses, although im praying for healing and clarity in my vision now. I want to be able to see Jesus clearly when He comes and if hes going to wipe the tears from my eyes, hes going to have to remove my glasses.
I can relate to that. I just had cataract surgery last week. I will have another in about a month.Hello everyone;
This is a beautiful post and reminds me of wonderful brothers and sisters that need "heaven in their eyes." They battle daily for healthy vision. One of them has legal blindness. Another has what is called macular edema which is swelling of the eyes from diabetes.
I have two eye doctors, the second an opthamologist. About 9 years ago my left eye kept getting broken blood vessels, almost weekly. I went to my first doctor and he found a tiny hair embedded in my left eye, most likely from a hair cut. He referred me to my opthamologist who performed surgery where she locked my head on a machine, did an incision and took the hair out.
When we pray for brothers and sisters with eye problems, and myself, I share this passage to them from Jeremiah 17:14, 14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.
The broken blood vessels stopped permanently.
Eyes are precious and am including your eyes in my prayers daily. Of course when we get to heaven we won't have to worry about wearing glasses and will see everything eternally.
God bless you all.
I will pray for you both. I went to the osteo and he cricked my neck as the joints were tight. I havent noticed much improvement in my vision yet but there was one day after ward that I thought My eyes were adjusting.I can relate to that. I just had cataract surgery last week. I will have another in about a month.
I have actually been unable to see at all in one eye from birth and I also will be glad to see clearly one day!
Thank you for the prayers sister. May the Lord bless you as well.I will pray for you both. I went to the osteo and he cricked my neck as the joints were tight. I havent noticed much improvement in my vision yet but there was one day after ward that I thought My eyes were adjusting.
When I think of the verse 'the blind leading the blind' I'm saying to God please if Im going to do this new job and leading these children I dont want to lead them to a ditch cos of my bad vision!