Each year in the small town I grew up, the local park district ran a kite-flying contest. It was one of the main summer events for children…an all day affair. It was always my dream as a boy to win that contest, but I never seemed to have the money for a kite. One year my mother decided “we” were going to win that contest. She built a kite with old wood, string, and paper from a couple of brown paper sacks. It was an ugly kite…until she finished her artwork. On the front she drew a vision of heaven; she used a picture out of our big Bible as a guide. She used gold and silver crayon…it was a masterpiece. She told me that God inspired the artist so that we could have a glimpse into heaven. Well, that day, God inspired my mother…we all got a glimpse into heaven through her drawing. At the contest the kite couldn’t fly…just too heavy. But we one first prize! Living in collaboration with God, through Jesus, can give us a glimpse of heaven. Jesus’ miracles, attitude, and actions are a sneak preview of Heaven.
Today, when you see something wonderful, realize heaven is that close and celebrate. When you see something wrong, imagine what Heaven’s version would be, and through you, draw God into that situation, altering the situation to be more like Heaven. Don’t doubt…laugh…or walk away in resignation. The Holy Spirit is powerfully in you. Begin to do this you-and-Him adventure that will continue throughout eternity in Heaven. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on previewing Heaven on Earth.
Dear Father God, I thank You Father for always being before me, leading me one stepping stone at a time. I thank You Father for Your reassurance that nothing in this creation can separate me from Your loving existence. I want to live my life focused on You in the here and now. I do believe that You are always before me…leading and encouraging me. However I struggle, Father, with living out that reality moment by moment. During those times when I am able to stay focused on You, my work becomes infused with Your presence and work becomes like play. I pray in the name of He who was Heaven on Earth, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children said, – AMEN!
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.