“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
It was her dream.
To have “a one-story brick house with a picket fence”.
She always added, “I don’t need anything big; just a little house would be fine.”
In a world where everybody seems to strive for bigger or better…my Mama was content with the little things.
She would describe her little dream home in terms so vividly that I could smell the chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven.
“I’ll have four, please.”
And yet, Mama wasn’t one to share her dreams. Not out loud anyway. She was a quiet gentle soul who simply lived and loved her life one day at a time.
Except when she spoke about that house.
And, I loved to dream about it with her!
All the way to the end of her life.
I remember cuddling close to her at hospice, knowing that time was short.
She had barely opened her eyes all week.
Until that moment…
When she saw “it”.
Her beautiful blue eyes opened wide and were transfixed to the ceiling.
I joined her stare, then quietly asked,
“What do you see, Mama?”
All she could whisper was “Wowww.”
Then, her eyes slowly shifted to me, wondering without words if I saw “it” too.
“What do you see up there?” I repeated, locking my eyes with hers.
She slowly shook her head, like someone who had witnessed something indescribable, but good, so very good.
Then she drifted off to sleep.
I have no doubt she caught a glimpse of her heavenly home.
A couple days later, she moved in forever, while I was reading this verse to her:
“And, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3 (NKJV)
Dear ones, someday we are all going to leave this earth.
Just being real.
The good news?
Jesus conquered death so that we could live forever with Him!
You might be wondering how that can be.
I mean, everybody dies, right?
Yes…but death here means life there.
Eternal life, Y’all.
Won’t you trust Him with your heart, friend?
He loves you so very much.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)
I think of my Mama every single day.
And, I can’t help but wonder what it’s like up there.
My tiny imagination can’t grasp the beauty of it.
I smile when I remember her desire
For that little one-story brick house
Because I believe at this very moment, she’s with her Jesus
In a heavenly mansion
That’s way beyond any of her dreams
Still, I like to picture it in my heart
It’s that one over there…
With the sweet aroma of chocolate chip cookies.
Spread your joy,