“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37
Happy Monday! All of my life I have heard people talk about heaven and miracles. In the 1990s heaven and miracles became more mainstream. In recent years several books were released about heaven, followed by motion picture movies. What surprises me is the reaction I have heard from people whenever I mention heaven and miracles.
Is heaven real and if it is, where is it? What does it look like? Why do so many people look at me like I’m crazy when I speak to them about heaven or miracles? What are miracles? When do they happen?
When I was a little girl my mother told me when loved ones died, they went to heaven. I told my children the same. A couple of years ago I read the book Heaven is for Real written by Todd Burpo, a Methodist preacher, about his young son’s experience. It touched my heart. When it came out at the theater, I couldn’t wait to go with my husband to watch the movie. Like many people, after watching the movie I wanted to talk about it with friends and family. I was amazed at how many of my Christian friends and family looked at me like I was off my rocker. Last year, I watched the movie Miracles from Heaven written by Christy Beam, mother of a little girl cured by a miracle. Again, I was touched by the story, but received negative feedback from other Christians.
The word “heaven” means God’s dwelling place in Hebrew (shamim). In John 14:1-3 Jesus talks about preparing a place for us in heaven, which proves heaven is real. According to Psalm 103:19, “[t]he LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). God’s throne is also mentioned in connection with the mountain of God (Ezekiel 28:16). Isaiah 65:21 says we will plant and eat from vineyards, and build and live in our own houses in heaven. Jesus will also build houses in heaven. Isaiah 35:5-6 and Phillipians 3:21 tell us that people in heaven will not be deaf, blind or unable to walk. In Revelations 21:1-4 we learn that God lives in heaven. He wants to live and dwell with you and he wants you to be happy. If you still are not convinced, there are many more references in the Bible. I encourage you to read them
So, what about miracles? Throughout the Bible there are stories about miracles. There are so many that I will just name a few. In the Old Testament the first known miracle is the creation (Genesis). Also, in the book of Genesis is the great flood where Noah built the ark, Abraham and Sarah having children when they are over the age of 80, and destruction of the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. That is only in the first book of the Bible. There are many more throughout the Old Testament. In the New Testament, a virgin becomes pregnant with God’s only son in the book of Luke. The Wise Men find Jesus by following a star. Once Jesus grows up he performs miracles every day through healings, exorcisms, feeding large numbers of people with a basket of food and changing water to wine, just to name a few. I encourage you to study the Bible and discover all the miracles.
So, I guess the real question is do miracles happen today? Yes. They have happened in my life. If they don’t happen, then why are so many people praying for miracles? Also, if heaven doesn’t exist, why do so many speak of heaven at funerals. It can’t be both ways.
Miracles and heaven are real. Join me in sharing the good news. God bless you.