“Do you see my mother? Do you see her? She’s right over there by the fireplace?”
At Dr. Lois Evans’ recent memorial service, her husband told his church family that his wife began to see her family members in heaven shortly before she joined them.
Dr. Tony Evans explained: “One of the things that I’ve observed in life and in Scripture is that when people walk with God and he doesn’t take them suddenly, he will give them a glimpse of heaven while they’re still transitioning from the earth. He will let them know, not only that it’s time, but that it’s o.k.”
Lois not only saw her mother shortly before her homegoing. On another occasion, she said, “My father. There’s my father.” But “there was no one in the room physically. She was seeing something as the time of her departure got closer.”
In a culture that views the material as real and the spiritual as subjective, it’s good to be reminded that “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1a). As a result, “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (v. 1b).
As we continue our race, we are to keep “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (v. 2). And we can know that as we look to him, he is “interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).
You may not be able to see your loved ones in heaven today, but the One in heaven who loves you most can see you. Right now.
How will that fact change your life today?