I woke up this morning to Desirae standing next to me. With her sleepy face and voice, she said "If we were having a little girl, I would want to decorate her room by painting big fields with daisies on them."
I smiled and said "I bet that's what Rachel's room in heaven looks like" - except the picture I had in my mind wasn't of a bedroom, but an actual field of flowers.
Then Isaiah came in and got under the covers with me. He looked up at the sign on the wall and said "why is that picture crooked?" I said it's not and he said "yeah, when one side is closer to the candles and the other side isn't, that means it's crooked"
Sam woke up and just played in his room quietly enjoying his toys....
I wondered how Rachel would have woken up this morning... I wondered what would have been on her mind? I wondered if she would be as focused on the decorations as Des and Isaiah were... or if she would have played quietly until she saw me walk past her door like Sam. I wondered if she was running through that field with daisies in it....
And it got me thinking about her "room" in heaven.
In the Bible, Jesus says "In my Father's house there are many mansions (some versions say rooms or dwelling places). I go to prepare a place for you.... and I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may also be where I am" (I'm paraphrasing).
Is a "room" in heaven what we call a room here? Is it a 10 x 12 space he decorates with curtains and cute blankets? I doubt it. Is a mansion in heaven a huge house with a 3 car garage and a swimming pool? Don't think so. I could be wrong, but I think in our human minds it's completely impossible to fathom what God has prepared for those who believe in Him. And I think we put our human spin on things because that is what's familiar - but I think it's far off. Try as we might, our limited ideas of an unlimited God and His creation will never reveal what we will experience there.
I've had people tell me in an attempt to make me feel better about my daughter being dead - "just imagine a room with all your favorite things and colors - that's what Rachel has now - decorated just for her" I don't think so. I have a feeling in heaven, we're a lot less self-centered than that. I bet we'll be so focused on God that we won't care about our favorite "things and colors". I don't think God brings us to heaven with Him for our happiness, although we will experience it I'm sure.... I think He brings us there for His Glory and to bask in His holiness and to be with Him eternally. Yeah, that will probably include some amazing colors....some beautiful things... maybe even a field with daisies...but I don't think that His main goal to give us things we want. I think His main goal is to give us Himself.... a place to rest and abide where there is no trouble or pain. I'd take that over a big house or a pretty room any day.
Now if I could just try to live more heavenly minded HERE.... like we're supposed to. If I could only be more concerned with basking in God's holiness and bringing glory to Him and being with Him than my own happiness while I'm still on earth..... If I could be less concerned with the crooked picture on the wall and more concerned with how God wants to decorate my life; my heart.
Then maybe even on earth, we could have a better idea of what our "mansions" will look like, feel like, be like when He takes us home. Because I have a feeling they are way more than a room with 4 walls filled with our favorite things and some pretty colors - and I believe that even a taste of what's in store for us would bring us to our knees in awe.... Just a taste of Him....
After my last post, I got an email that someone decided to stop reading because it's not postive enough for her right now. I went back and forth with God about this all day because the last thing I want is to not be helpful for others. Matt was listening to a couple of sermons by John Piper and as I sat eating my lunch, I got my answer....
In one of them, he was talking about the Proverbs 31 woman - the one we're all supposed to strive to be like and it's almost certain we'll never quite make it... he said a lot of things about wisdom and faith and the last sentence was "It's fearlessness in the face of suffering". I pondered those words. Did I exhibit that while carrying Rachel? I think so, as much as a human can. I obviously still had fears related to her birth and my elective c-section and other choices I made, but I believe that God gave me the ability to face my suffering like I never could have without Him and I believe I glorified Him in that journey by sharing how I constantly looked to Him to hold me in my pain - and how He never failed to do so.
In the second one, he talked about believing that "God is enough" in the midst of suffering and loss.... and I know I do that as well because He is all I have and has carried me through every valley. So, as I sat here trying to figure out if God wanted me to put aside whatever my hard moments might be and 'stay positive' for the benefit of others, I realized that it doesn't benefit anyone. Not me, not you. It's not real life and it says nothing about how great my God is to say that everything is fine. All through the Psalms you see heavy hearts turn to God... the psalms start out begging for relief from the horrible pain and end saying "God is enough". While this might be a long lonely valley for me, I know He is there and I know He is enough.
All that said, I hear the wind and rain starting outside. Hurricane Irene is here! I guess I should go before the power beats me to it. You should watch these short videos that I found so much hope and comfort in today - and reassurance that God doesn't expect me to be a robot without feelings - for me, for Him or for anyone else. He made me the way I am, He gave me the emotions I have... all He wants is for me to see Him through them and I do. I hope that it apparent even if some days I don't get to the end of the "Psalm" in one blog entry.... this is why I made my "disclosure", not to scare anyone away, but to say that I might not be able to bring everything around to "good" in one day (after all, I am human) - but I don't need to because God eventually will get me there, He always does. I am still holding on to my Savior and trusting in His perfect plan for me and for Rachel. (these are just a couple of minutes each)