Today’s Scripture: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Revelation¬†21:1-3

The ninety-five year old woman at the nursing home received a visit from a fellow church member.

“How are you feeling?” the visitor asked.

“Oh,” said the lady, “I’m just worried sick!”

“What are you worried about, dear?” her friend asked. “You look like you’re in good health. They are taking care of you, aren’t they?”

“Yes, they are taking very good care of me.”

“Are you in any pain?”

“No. I’ve been feeling great.”

“Well, what are you worried about?”

The lady leaned back in her rocking chair and explained her major worry. “Every close friend of mine has already died and gone on to heaven. I’m afraid they’re all wondering where I went.”

While the above story might make us laugh, isn’t it wonderful to realize that our eternal home is sure? Our culture depicts Heaven as an ethereal place with angels that sit on clouds and strum harps all day. Yet, Jesus depicts Heaven as a real place where we will continue learning about Him and His love for us. Revelation tells us that Heaven will have gates of pearl and streets of gold, pure as glass. We will worship around the throne with the angels and the cherubim and seraphim. No longer will we walk by faith, but instead, we’ll walk by glorious sight.

Are you having a bad morning or afternoon? Is your car in the shop or a friend giving you a hard time? Fix your thoughts on Heaven. Your thoughts of earth will automatically straighten out.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder