My seven-year-old asked me recently, “If you’re in Heaven, can you fall off and go into the normal world again?” I had a good chuckle and then explained to her the difference between the spiritual and material realms.

Having lost people dear to me, sometimes I wish they could fall into my “normal world” again just long enough for me to ask them about their peaceful life in Heaven. This world often leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, and I yearn to be where sin and sorrow no longer have their say. And yet, I know there is something precious about this life. Every breath is a gift to me. I experience countless moments living in this “normal world”—holding my daughter’s hand, feeling a cool breeze in the heat of summer, singing praises to Christ with His people—all of it has worth, even suffering the loss of those I held dear. None of it is in vain. My Heavenly Father has a purpose in everything, and His Son is holding all things together.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).

The bottom line is, I want to glorify Him in every moment. And someday, when I see His face and finally know that peace I’m longing for, I’ll also realize that all of this was worth it.

“Weak is the effort of my heart,
  And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art
  I’ll praise Thee as I ought.”

Lyrics by John Newton

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