Since when I was a small kid, I had a passion for performing arts and films. These past few months, I’ve indulged myself into watching movies and reading fiction books. It’s because I knew what I really wanted to become someday. But that’s a whole other story.
As believers of a God, no matter what religion we practice, we all believe in heaven one way or another. We all see it our own way. Heaven for some is imagined as a beautiful garden with lots of angels, beautiful plants and wonderful surroundings. But of course it wouldn’t be complete without our Lord/Heavenly Father. Others would see heaven as what their hearts wished for. It varies on people’s wants and needs, completely imaginative and amazingly creative. It may also vary on their past experiences and what they dream of.
There are a handful of movies which implied what most people call “PERSONAL HEAVEN”. Some of them even showed that our own ideas of heaven can be intertwined to other people with common likes. Good examples of one’s heaven are explained in these two movies “WHAT DREAMS MAY COME” and “LOVELY BONES”. Although it connects the dead with the living, it never aims for people to live with the fact that they can commune with the dead. Not unless some miracles cause them to.
Heaven is described as a place where there is no pain, sadness, suffering and bad memory. There will always be joy within each one of us. People can never judge or be judged there and everyone belongs. There wouldn’t be an odd man out. Everyone is equal with each other. In heaven, everyone has everything they need. In fair share, everyone has a place called home. There is peace and serenity everywhere. Beautiful surroundings are on sight. Fresh air and cold breeze is felt. All of it is explained by people here on earth.
But the fact is how would we know if we haven’t been there ourselves, right? We might think that the world is a battle field. That every experience we had, good or bad, is a trial. It makes us stronger and prepares us on our quest for an everlasting life with our Saviour and Father. All we have would be nothing compared to what we would gain in heaven. We are being trained to be patient and obedient.
My point is that no one has any idea of what heaven, as described in the Bible, really look like. Nonetheless, we could still imagine it as how it was described. What better way to know is to see it ourselves, right? I’m not saying that you pray that you die right away but ask God for guidance that you would not be mislead by the devil in these years of your stay on earth. Do good in his name and exalt him in every way you can and you will eventually be rewarded for your good intentions.
Heaven for me is a place where we go after we’ve fulfilled our lifelong mission/purpose on earth. It is where we could rest after long years of affliction. All those painful memories are swept away with a joyful celebration prepared by God for you, His prodigal child when you have finally come home to Him. It is just as He promised with His word here on earth, the Bible.
Heaven is an actual place, to and from which Christ (John 1:32; 6:33; Acts 1:2), angels (Matt. 28:2; Rev. 10:1) and in rare circumstances people, even prior to their deaths, have traveled (2 Kings 2:11; 2 Cor. 12:2; Rev. 11:12).