Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Why Do We Long For Heaven?

I have been fighting a cold for over the last week. It has now settled into a regular cough, the Dr. said that it was some sort of bronchial infection and put me on some steroids & antibiotics to deal with it. The last couple of days have started off okay but by later in the day I start to cough alot and by the time for bed, I am a hacking away. Saturday & Sunday nights, I was able to sleep through it with the help of the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, fever, best sleep you ever got with a cold medicine--or better known as NyQuil (on a side note, I really like the taste of that stuff...really, really, good!).

But when I take NyQuil, I usually have a hard time getting up the next morning. I mean, it really knocks me out. So last night, I decided not to take any since I had a 6:30 a.m. men's bible study. That decision was not good for me. I couldn't lay down or I just coughed up a storm. When I sat up, I couldn't sleep. I remember being awake at 2:30 a.m. and then remember being awake at 4:30 a.m. Needless to say, it has been a long day today on just two hours of sleep.

As I sat there struggling all night, I had the thought of heaven. I thought I can't wait until I have a glorified body and will not struggle like this. I could relate to Paul when he wrote, "For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now." He is talking about the creation longing to be redeemed. I sat there wanting heaven. I sat there wanting this sinful life to be over and my body to be made new, so that I would not have to suffer like I was.

Today it hit me: Why does it take a tough day for me to long for heaven? What about longing for heaven because I long for Jesus? I have to say, I have had to spend some time with my savior today because I want to be the person that just does not long for a perfected body, but a perfected body with my Jesus! I want to long for heaven because He is there!

And you? I am not saying that longing for heaven for a new body is a bad motivation, but maybe it is not the best. Anyways, some random thoughts today....

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