Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Revelation 21:1-7
Key Verse: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Yesterday my grandmother had a heart attack. When I received the news in the early hours of the morning, tears instantly began welling up in my eyes, and a heavy weight came crashing down on my heart. I thought about all the times that my grandma and I would sit together on Sunday afternoons. Usually we would enjoy a cup of tea while savoring the sweet aroma of a special baked treat. In fact, I always promised my granny “Mama” that I would learn to make that special coconut treat. I never did. And today, as I sit thousands of miles away, I long desperately for home. I long to be with “Mama.” I want to spend time with her and lay my head on her lap so she can stroke my hair. I want to hear her sing to me again and hear the same wonderful stories about the old days. My heart yearns to be in her presence, and I am ready to sacrifice just to spend time with her and make her wounded heart smile.
As I thought about my grandmother, it suddenly became clear that God must feel exactly the same about me.
In Eden, God spoke directly to Adam and Eve (see Genesis 2, 3). “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). “With open face [Adam] beheld the glory of the Lord, and talked with God, and Christ, and angels, in paradise, without a dimming veil between [them]” (The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, p. 7). However, because of sin we lost the privilege of being continually with the Father in heaven. I think about how many times in my anger and frustration I have run away from my God. I have failed to believe His promises and refused to acknowledge the sacrifice of His Son for my salvation. Still, the Father’s heart yearns for me. The Bible says, “‘Therefore my heart yearns for [Shanter]; I have great compassion for [her],’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:20, NIV). I want to see my grandmother alive and laughing. I want to be near her so she can see the woman that I have become and know that I have committed to making the journey to my heavenly homeland, come what may.
As we near the end of these 100 days of prayer, my heart burns within me for my eternal heavenly home. I want to be with my Father in heaven. I desire to bask in the fulfillment of His promise that He will be with me and that “he will dwell with [me], and [I] shall be his . . . and God himself shall be with [me], and be [my] God” (Revelation 21:3). I hunger for the day when “God shall wipe away all tears from [our] eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away,” and I am eager for the time when my heavenly Father will truly “make all things new” (Revelation 21:4, 5).
“Pain cannot exist in the atmosphere of heaven. There will be no more tears, no funeral trains, no badges of mourning” (The Great Controversy, p. 676).
Thankfully, it won’t be long now, for Ellen White tells us, “Soon there [will appear] in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. [We will] gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror” (The Great Controversy, pp. 640, 641).
I’m excited for that day, when our hope to see the One who loves us shall at long last be fulfilled.
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that Your Spirit will be made manifest as this General Conference Session begins. Let Your holy angels surround the stadium and the homes of all who will be watching via Internet and television around the world. Please, Father, let us experience a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, just as at Pentecost. As we watch and wait together for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, help us to hold on to the hope of Your second coming. May our hearts burn within us for Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.