It’s hard to understand.
Dying seems like such a permanent thing here on earth.
Because I have accepted salvation through Jesus, my death on earth is when my body stops functioning, but my soul – the core of who I am – does not die. I have already started my eternal life – this first part is on earth, the second part will be my forever home with my Father.
As I reach the fall season of my life, my body reminds me daily that it has a specific shelf life and there will be an end. My forever home is waiting for me.
My husband and I built a new home last year in a new community so a lot of the discussions with our new neighbors are about our houses. And I’m amazed at how many people call these man-made shelters their ‘forever home’. Not me – my forever home is waiting for me when this part of my journey ends.
The prophet Elijah is one of two people in the Bible whose bodies didn’t die. A chariot of fire with horses of fire appeared and “Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind”.
I would love to go to heaven that way – now you see me, now you don’t! But I believe my journey home is going to be a lot less dramatic. When I breathe my last breath, Jesus will be holding my hand and he will walk my soul into heaven with him, leaving my body behind.
No chariots of fire.
I will finally be in my forever home.
Thank you for preparing a place for me, Abba Father.