Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post! To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here. Basically, each week there’s a word given for you to write about. You start writing, no back-tracking, editing, etc. At the end of 5 minutes, you stop. Then you post it, and share in the community of words that were birthed during these 24-ish hours. It’s cool stuff.
So here’s this week’s response to the word: “after”.
I’m not 100% sure what comes after this. Not this blog post in particular, but this day to day life I’m living. When I was young, I remember “knowing” exactly what would happen if I died. Of course, I’d get zipped right outta this body, and sucked into heaven where Jesus would check the reservations list – make sure my name is there – then have someone escort me to my mansion down a golden street or two.
But since then, I’ve done a little readin’ & studying, and it seems there’s something so much better in store for us. A New Heaven, and a New Earth, brought together like never before. An existence that is physical, and real, and glorious, yet not cartoonish and ethereal. I know it hasn’t happened yet, and so that means everyone who has passed away already awaits somewhere with Jesus for that final act of God’s completion….because we hear Jesus say to the theif on the cross next door, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
So how do I talk about all of this with my children?
I suppose it’s not a huge deal at this point. They’re still struggling with the concept of “tomorrow” being a different thing than “tonight”…and only recently have realized that “tonight” is actually part of “today” still.
For now, I’ll focus on the part that I know. The one thing I know about what comes after? We get to be with Jesus.
That might actually be enough, for me. 🙂