In John Piper’s devotional this morning, he argued that if we long for heaven then God “will not be ashamed to be called your God.”
I long for heaven – but not as much as Anne. Anne’s simple child-like faith challenges me. This morning on our long drive to therapy she talked about her longing for heaven.
Mom, I can’t wait to go to heaven! I will be able to walk in heaven! When will God let me go? I want to go now.
Then, Steven Curtis Chapman’s song See You In A Little While came on the radio. Chapman wrote this song about his daughter who died tragically and finding comfort in the fact that she is in heaven with the Father. Anne asked to listen to this song over and over. After every line, she would ask me to stop the song to ask me questions…
The song begins:
I hold your hand and watch as the sun slowly fades
Far in the distance the Father is calling your name
Anne asks: Mama, Is the Father really God? Whose name is He calling? Is the person singing this song a daddy?
The song continues
And it’s time for you to go home
Anne asks more questions: Where is home, Mama. Is that heaven? Why does God want to call her to heaven? Why doesn’t God call me to heaven? I want to go to heaven.
And on it went. So many questions. What an encouragement to me!
After this conversation, I read John Piper’s devotional – encouraging his readers to long for heaven. He writes:
When we desire this heavenly city — this dwelling place of God — more than we desire all that this world can give, God is not ashamed to be called our God. When we make much of all that he promises to be for us, he is proud to be our God. This is good news.
I love the paradox of God’s kingdom. Anne has nothing to offer God – nothing except a heart that longs to be with Him. And He is not ashamed of her!