the weight of glory

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“Where are there lots of colors, Colton?”

“In Heaven, Dad. That’s where all the rainbow colors are!”

{Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo} 

On a plane to Arizona, I dove into a book called “Heaven is For Real” by Todd Burpo.
It’s an account of his small son who went to heaven and back. You will have to read it for yourself to find out more but truly, this book changed the way I now think about life, death, and Heaven. It opens your eyes to realize how REAL Heaven truly is. With this refreshed hope of glory, a week later, I stood during worship service at my church. As I was lost in the crowd of people singing,

“No sky contains, no doubt restrains
All You are, the greatness of our God
I spend my life to know and I’m far from home
To all You are, the greatness of our God”

 an amazing song by Hillsong,

I couldn’t help but think about Heaven… My REAL glorious home, the place where my soul will find rest, the Presence of GOD.

And then I felt it. Rather, I felt HIM. God Himself. The weight of glory all around me. I tried to utter words of praise but the wordless weight of God surrounded me and for minutes, He was all around me. Tears streamed. I couldn’t make a sound. I felt not a heavy weight but a weightless Presence, one of Hope and Reality and Joy… God’s Spirit. I cried out in my heart, “never leave me!” If I could have stood there in that moment forever, I would have. My Yahweh-breathed soul was at rest. Peace. I can’t help but think about my grandpa Wayne, Papa & Mema Nash who have been experiencing this peace in Heaven already. Peace that surpasses all understanding.

I believe God gave me just a tiny little wisp of how it feels to be in Heaven, to be in His Presence alone. I can’t imagine being in the presence of ALL OF HIS GLORY FOR ALL OF ETERNITY! It makes me want to leap for joy! After this brief encounter with my Father, my heart is excited. Life gets a reality check when God intervenes. I am refreshed with this:

“All that you may seek in this world will never satisfy. You were made to worship Me alone.”

“Heaven truly is your HOME. In My presence, your life will be complete. Heaven IS real and it is waiting for you.”

“Let the Holy Spirit be your guide. Let my love control you. You can feel Me when you truly seek Me.”

“But come to Me with child-like faith. There is no room for doubt, big theological words, or earthly wisdom. Just come to me and I will meet you just like I met you in worship.”

and lastly…

“Live on this earth with HEAVEN in mind. Keep your mind focused on things above, not the things of this earth! People’s salvation is all that matters. Work for Me.”

It’s amazing all that God is able to reveal to you in a matter of minutes or seconds. Just as the little boy walked with Jesus for simply three minutes was able to meet family members, see God Himself, and walk along the streets of Gold with Jesus, I am able to walk with God while I wait to be taken home. Heaven is for real and it’s calling our name.

Can you feel the weight of glory?

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” 

{Revelation 22:1-5}

-Katie

enjoy The Greatness of God by Hillsong here!

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