Last Sunday, I was standing at the back of the auditorium in our church, and all of a sudden during worship, I heard a loud commotion coming from somewhere nearby. I noticed it because the praise music is pretty loud, so whoever was making the noise was doing so at a high volume.
I looked over to my left and saw two women (pictured above) embracing, laughing, and crying all at the same time. I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but it was abundantly clear they had not seen each other in a long time, nor did they expect to see each other that morning. And just when I thought they had calmed down, it would hit them all over again that they were together and they would embrace and wipe away more tears.
I realized I was witnessing something special. I was getting a preview of what it might be like when we see Jesus in heaven one day.
We’ve spent our whole lives wishing we could see the Lord in person, touch His nail-scarred hands, and listen to His audible voice saying, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest for your souls.”
The moment always seems so far off, but sooner than we imagine, we will breathe our final breath, the curtain will close on our lives in this world, and we will open up our eyes to see Christ Jesus standing there. And whatever He says when I get there, I think my reaction is going to be something like those two ladies at my church.
Jesus wiping away the tears.
And because it’s eternity, nobody’s going to be watching the clock, because there won’t be one. We’ll have all the time in the world to celebrate being together, finally face-to-face, never having to say goodbye.