“Let your hearts not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14.1-3)
Last night my nine-year-old daughter walked into the living room carrying my four-year-old son, who was sobbing up a storm. Daughter was saying, “I am so, so sorry!”
Concerned that she had somehow injured him, I quickly inquired as to the nature of the problem.
“I was talking to him about heaven,” she explained, “and he asked if he could still snuggle with Mommy in heaven. I told him I didn’t think so…”
My heart broke for the little guy, whose chest was heaving and tears were streaming. I am quite happy about the subject of their conversation, but eternity–which leaves adults squirming in our seats–should probably be carefully introduced to young minds. My little son, trying to comprehend a foreign and unimaginable environment, could only think of the wonderful things of his current life. My daughter, attempting to explain the inexplicable, had accidentally ripped away all the comforts and anchors of his little life–but knew not how to replace them.
So last night, you’ll understand why I sobbed for a while in my bed before falling asleep. My children are attempting to understand these enormous, mysterious matters of life and death and life hereafter, grappling with reality.
I don’t think about heaven enough. It will definitely be different. Jesus said there is no marriage or giving in marriage, but we will be like the angels. We will have better, incorruptible, eternal bodies. We will be with the Lord! And we will be with all the saints who have lived throughout the ages.
Instead of thinking of all the things we won’t have in heaven, we would do better to excite ourselves with thoughts of what God is planning for us! Jesus told His disciples,
“My little son, in heaven you can have all the Mommy snuggles you want.” It’s the best way I know of explaining the infinite wonders God has planned to his fresh mind. We’re going to be living in God’s house! We may not have literal mommy snuggles, but–rest assured–whatever we have will be better than mommy snuggles 🙂