I received a lovely card one day from some friends, and I truly appreciated the card and the handwritten note on it. Printed on the inside front cover was a familiar Bible verse:
“But as it is written (see Is. 64:4), Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
That’s where the quote ended on the card. But that’s only part of the Apostle Paul’s statement in I Corinthians. Without the “rest of the story,” that part is really misleading.
Paul’s statement continues in verse 10, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…” How neat!
If we pay attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we can have a glimpse of the things God has prepared for us who love him, wonderful things. Reunions. Parties. Worship. Assignments. Fellowship. Learning. Sharing. Laughing.
David Marcy, Pastor of Kingstree United Methodist Church, said a comforting benediction at the cemetery after the funeral of my mother-in-law Ora Lee Cox, and he mentioned Ora Lee having peace now.
Instantly the Holy Spirit spoke to me and added – and a PARTY!
I suddenly got a mental image of a wonderful celebration going on in heaven with Ora Lee at the center, a for-real party with Jesus, Holy Spirit, Father God, and all of Ora Lee’s family and friends (especially her son Tim, grandson T.C., husband Theron, and her mom Annie) hugging and laughing and enjoying themselves immensely.
I couldn’t be sad after that moment. I was sorry for us, for all of us who will sorely miss her and T.C. and Tim, but I can’t be sad knowing where she is and what she’s probably doing.
From now on, whenever I see that incomplete fragment of Paul’s comment about heaven, I’m going to think, “PARTY!”