Don't you just stand in awe when your children remind you of an eternal Truth? Not only is it spiritually beautiful, but it's also a great affirmation of your parenting. That's what happened to my writer-friend, Cherrilynn Bisbano. Read her sweet story (chocked full of Scripture!), then learn more about her at the end of the post.
“I am so tired of moving,” I said to my son as we walked to the gym.
“I know mom; can we stay in this house forever?”
We took a few more steps; I smiled as I remembered. “Michael, this is not our forever home, our citizenship is in heaven.”
“That’s right mommy, I forgot!”
Do you forget where you ultimately live?
I find it so easy to get caught up in my earthly address, consumed with mundane daily tasks.
But our citizenship is in Heaven. and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. -Philippians 3:20 (All Scripture quotations in this post are ESV.)
I am blessed to have a beautiful temporary home in Rhode Island. Although the winters can be harsh, I thank God this house has so much sunlight provided by skylights. Even on the dreariest day there is a glimmer of light.
But oh the glorious light we will see in our forever home!
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 22:5
My earthly home has my cats, Peach and Simone. I share this earthly dwelling with my husband, son and sister. Sometimes there is strife, misunderstanding and chaos. We all love each other and Jesus. In Heaven we will all be together…no tears, anger or infirmity.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. -Revelation 21:4
I think of my friends in Togo, Africa, who live in straw huts with dirt floors. How much sweeter heaven will be to them! Now they walk on dirt. In Heaven they will stroll on streets of gold.
…and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. -Revelation 21:21
I could go on and on comparing this earthly world to Heaven, but I digress. Until I reach my ultimate destiny, I will strive to be content here on earth and fulfill all that my Master has for me to do.
As my son and I continued our walk to the gym, we thanked God for our temporary home and praised Him for allowing us to be here to help further the Kingdom.
We still long for heaven where our bodies no longer need exercise, food or healing. Worries will be exchanged for worship. We will be face to face with God, consumed by His love and light.
“Mommy, one thing I really look forward to in Heaven is sitting in Jesus’ lap. I want to look into His eyes, give him a huge hug, and thank Him for dying on the cross for me.”
My heart filled with joy and my eyes filled with tears. I responded, “Me too, Michael, Me too. Heaven is home.”
Did you forget where you live?
No worries, fellow Christian. Our passport is stamped HEAVEN. Jesus is waiting to show us the mansion He prepared just for us.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. -John 14:2
Will you join me is rejoicing that our ultimate home is with the lover of our souls?
Cherrilynn Bisbano (pictured here with her son, Michael) is a speaker, teacher, and writer. Her passion for helping people is evident. She encourages and equips women to divide rightly the Scriptures and to be strong in the Lord.
Cherrilynn is Associate Editor at Almost an Author, an online community for aspiring writers. She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. You can find her work published in Amramp, More to Life (MTL), Christian Rep, Refresh and other online magazines. Cherrilynn is also a regular contributor to The Good News Newspaper. Her first book, True Star Quality: Learn to Shine, will be out by summer.
Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard, earning the John Levitow Military Leadership Award. She lives with her fourteen-year-old autistic son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 17 years, Michael, Sr.
Carole here. Give Cherrilynn some thanks by commenting below. Tell her how this story impacted you!