Eight years. It seems like such a long time in many ways, not so long in other ways. “Happy anniversary, honey.” That may seem weird to some people, but not to the Lord, I’m sure. And not to Tim.
Tim’s death left a huge hole in the lives of the many people he loved and who loved him. He made us laugh, made us grateful for his love, and made us grateful that we knew him. He was more than my husband, he was my dearest and best friend from the first day I met him. He was truly God’s gift to us all.
But today Tim can see, has both his legs, all his fingers and a strong heart, and I believe he is experiencing the greatest of joy with his Lord and with those who arrived in heaven before he did.
When I think more about what he is doing now, first and foremost I think of praise and worship, face to face with Jesus, Tim’s Savior and Lord. Then, meeting and greeting keep coming to my mind. Meeting and greeting family and friends who went ahead of him, especially his grandmother and his dad, but many others who Tim loved. Here’s a post from one of my other blogs, Speaking of Heaven, about that.
13 February 2010
What is Tim doing? I asked the Lord one evening. It was just a random question before going to sleep; I don’t ask that every night any more, like I did for a while. I got an instant answer and then a little explanation to go with it.
“Meeting with relatives.”
Oh, I thought. Ora Lee, Theron, T.C., Ninie, others of their family came to mind. When I began to visualize the way they looked the last time I saw them, I was quickly corrected.
“No, that’s not how they are here.”
Suddenly I received a new mental image of them, each one as an adult in the prime of their life, strong, vibrant and healthy. T.C. no longer looked like a 19 year old. Ora Lee didn’t look 87 and Tim didn’t look 60. They all looked around 30 years old or so.
That started a whole new conversation with the Lord, as he began describing these family meetings.
Their relationships on earth had certain characteristics: Tim was Ora Lee’s son, T.C.’s uncle, and Ninie’s nephew. Their life experiences were very different, person to person. Their eras, education, friendships, cultures and societal standings were very different. Their relating to one another, their interests and conversations with each other singly or in family groups were on the basis of all of that.
But they’re not like that now. They relate to one another now as mature adults with a common status: all residing in heaven because of their commitment to Christ.
There are still differences, of course, and thus the meetings. Some have been there a long time, some a short time. Some have traveled and met many other residents, friends, relatives, characters from the pages of the Bible and secular history. Some live in one community, some in another. Some are studying one thing, working at one thing. Others have different assignments, different habitats, even different ways of worship.
Some of these family members lived 100 years ago or longer – Tim had never met them here on earth. Neither had Ora Lee or Ninie, for that matter. Others in the meeting were great-great grandparents, cousins or aunts and uncles they never knew existed before reaching heaven. The lives these relatives had enjoyed in heaven were longer than those they’d lived on earth. What memories they had to share, what adventures, discoveries, revelations and insights!
And so, from time to time they meet. They touch base and get to know one another, not as young versus old, ancestor versus descendant, but as equals: adult residents of heaven who share a common bloodline physically, and because of Christ, spiritually.
As I drifted off to sleep, I saw them milling around in someone’s living room, chatting in small groups, smiling and laughing, sharing interesting stories of their life, some listening intently, nodding their heads in agreement or understanding, gesturing with large arm movements, displaying the wide variety of human expressions you would see in any earthly family reunion. Wonderful.
“Family reunion” has acquired an entirely new definition and dimension for me.
Click here to read this post and other thoughts about Heaven… http://speakingofheaven.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/touching-base/