This thought came to me two weeks ago and I’ve been pondering on it since. I was driving to work and, as my usual ride goes, I pray, listen to praise music and get ready for the work day in that way. By the time I get to the Angus Barn, right where Highway 540 enters Highway 70, my spirit is primed to hear a word from the Lord. I call this area, The Catch-Basin of the Holy Spirit.
On this particular day I was giving thought to heaven and wondering what it must be like. Having not been there yet my mind wandered to the city of gold that I’ve read about in Revelation 21:18. What will life be like in a place where there is no death, or sorrow or tears as it says in Revelation 21:4? Because I believe in the Bible as God’s Word and that every word is true and put there for my learning. In 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 He even tells us that,
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I thought about that and gave it my own definition. Heaven is an “Unrealized Reality.” I’ve read about it; I know people who have gone there. They have never come back to tell me so, but because they believed as God’s Word indicates they must believe in order to go there, see John 3:3, then I believe they are in Heaven.
I wondered if there are other “Unrealized Realities” and I thought of one. It’s when you are a baby inside your mother’s womb. You did not know anything about the world you were about to be born into. You knew nothing of thinking, reading, eating, using your hands and feet, combing your hair, putting on clothes, playing games, running, etc., etc., and a myriad of things you learn as you grow. Yet, here you are, and doing all those things and more if you are capable. If you are not capable, then the human condition creates alternatives for reading in braille if you are blind; for speaking in sign language if you are hearing impaired; of navigating the whole wide
world in a wheel chair if you are unable to walk. Yes, here we are, doing all those things. Our “Unrealized Reality” eventually became Realized didn’t it!
And so it will be with Heaven, one day… There is an old hymn by that title. I remember when I was in my 20’s sitting behind the piano playing that song for the congregation in church. The words seemed to print themselves onto my soul and I long for that One Day… but until then, I’ll keep on learning and loving, and working and wondering.
One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—
Dwelt among men, my example is He!
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming—O glorious day!
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected;
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.
One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He.
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore.
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
John Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918)
Charles Howard Marsh (1886-1956)
A newer version has been arranged and is performed by Casting Crowns.
Their title is
Glorious Day and you can listen and watch at this YouTube link