by Barbara Boedicker
The closer we draw to God the more joyful we become. God’s love rushes over us like a waterfall, refreshing, renewing, rejuvenating us. We are uplifted into His embrace; His protective arms hold us close as He cares for us. He meets our every need. He brings out our thankfulness and praise. He is so awesome, so wonderful and gives us the desire to obey Him, and when it’s time to leave this body and join Him, we go without regret, without hesitation, without looking back like Lot’s wife in disobedience, showing her heart was behind her, not ahead of her. But we are living for God and not this world or our earthly, human desires.
Yes, God has blessed us with much in this life! Family, friends, nature’s beauty, and purpose. We fully value and appreciate it all. This life prepares us for eternity, an eternity with God our heavenly Father. We cannot even begin to comprehend the wonder of that while living in this human body, but we have a touch of it here as we commune with our God in prayer, and as we learn about Him from His Living Word, and as the Holy Spirit gives knowledge to us from within. Our Spirit cries out to God, even now, with need and desire that goes beyond the human body’s capabilities to truly understand. Our Spirit feels the lack, the loss, that sin brought upon us. But we will someday have a spiritual body like Christ’s, united with God in a way we cannot be as we live in this human body. Our spirit longs for that reunion even as we walk this life, enjoying it’s wonders, and God in a limited way.
Yes! When God sends angles for us we will be ready and eager to go with them. Because they are taking us to Him! As we leave this human body behind we will be uninhibited and free, and connected to God in a deeper way than ever before. Praise God! Praise Him forever!
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds. Psalm 73:28
Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you double-minded. James 4:8
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. I John 5:14
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:26
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and He will raise us also. I Corinthians 6:14