Where Is Heaven?

9 12 2011

One of my favorite times of the day is the drive to work in the morning. I get to take the boys to school. They are 4 and 2. We speculate about the day…what will we have for snack? Will we paint, sing or play on the playground? One day this past week, Micah asked me an interesting question. You’ve probably picked up on that question from reading the title of this post. I don’t recall what led to the question, but he asked, “Daddy, where is heaven?”

“I’m not sure buddy.”

“Well, I think it’s up in the stars.”

“It might be up in the stars,” I said.

“Or behind the moon.”

“Well, let me ask you, ‘Where is God?’ Don’t you think heaven is where God is?”

You see, I think heaven is all around us. We just don’t always see it. Heaven is the lady ringing the bell outside the store and it’s the man who drops a twenty in the kettle. Heaven is the teenager who does what’s right, even when her friends do what’s cool. Heaven is the 8 year old who said he had enough toys so he would ask Santa Clause for some money…so he could buy toys for kids that didn’t have any.¬†Heaven is all around us. We just have to open our eyes to see it.¬†But if heaven is where God is, then, as Christians, it’s safe to say that heaven is inside of us, too. These are the thoughts that flew thought my mind as I tried to explain heaven to a 4 year old. It’s difficult to explain something that you yourself don’t understand.

My thoughts were broken with, “Daddy, I know somebody that’s in heaven.”

“I do, too, Buddy. I know several people in heaven.”

“Yeah, Uncle Marshall is in heaven.”

“That’s right,” I said.

I thought about all those who’ve gone before me.

 

When I attempt to put it all together, and try to answer, “Where is heaven?” I’m left with a few ideas:

1) Heaven is wherever God is. (Hebrews 9:24)

2) Heaven is all around us, we just have to cultivate the eyes to see it. (2 Kings 6:17)

3) Heaven first comes to me, by way of Christ and then comes through me. (Matthew 13:11, 28:18-20)

4) Heaven is not just around me, but in me, by Christ and by the memory of those who have gone before me. (Colossians 1:25-27)

 

I’ll bet Micah had no idea how introspective his question was. Ultimately, location doesn’t matter. It’s been said that home is where the heart is. And for the Christian, this world ain’t your home.

Father, open my eyes that I may see your beauty, your glory, your presence in this world. Mold me, shape me, conform me so that others may see heaven in me, not for me, but for your glory. Amen.