too long.

My daughters have a wonderful little devotional book called Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd Jones. It encourages my heart every time we read it, and it usually launches sweet little conversations with my girls.

One day we read a section that talked about how we all have problems, but how God has the prescription to them.  The writer asked us, “Do you have any problems today?”

Alivia and I took some time to think about our answers, while Daisy blurted out her response immediately:

“Well, Mom, I have a problem.  My problem is that it’s taking too long to get to Heaven.”

My heart leapt inside me as she said this.  I was thinking about how my problem was my selfishness, or how I wasn’t feel very well that day, and her answer was just such a sweet little reminder and surprise to me.

Daisy brings up Heaven so often.  One day she was laying on the floor looking at a book, and she yelled (with the slight whininess of “are we there yet?”) out to us, “when are we going to go to Heaven?” And the other night she prayed, “Dear God, thank You that Lenya is in Heaven, and thank you that we will get to go to Heaven someday.”

She mentions Lenya all the time, including her in conversation, and has such great questions about Heaven.  If you ask her where her home is, she will tell you right away that our real home is Heaven, and Montana is our earth home.

But I love that this was Daisy’s biggest “problem” in the very front of her mind.

This devotion explained how remembering our great God is the prescription to our problems. We look upward, and we remember that our lives are a vapor.  For Daisy (and all of us who feel like Heaven is so far away, along with those we love who are already there) we remember that the Bible says how short our lives are:

“Behold, You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before You.  Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah” Psalm 39:5 ESV

As much as we may be counting down the days til we get to see Jesus face to face and also tackle the ones we love who are already there, we must be faithful and busy doing what God is calling us to do right now.

Because before we know it, the clock will stop, our time will be up and it will be pencils down, like my husband says.  And I don’t know about you, but at the end of my short life, I want to have been found faithful and obedient and bold and brave with the time that He gave to me.

“The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works in it will be burned up.  Therefore…what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of the God….we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells…therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation…” 2 Peter 3:10-15

Although, like Daisy, it seems like it’s taking too long to get to Heaven, let’s set our eyes up, remember how quickly our lives will pass us by, and let’s be looking for and hastening the coming of that precious Day!

“We should be happily heading for Home and making the most of everyday along the way.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

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  • elishaguido

    I’m convinced Daisy is going change the world in a very, very special way.

    • jennie lusko

      me too 🙂 i love you elisha lynn.

  • Stephanie Wiebe

    Through the hurt…I love the blessing that our kids are growing up with such a real and tangible presence of heaven…truly a gift:). We learn from them everyday. xo

    • jennie lusko

      it’s so true Stephanie. such beauty in the pain. and such an understanding and awareness of heaven that i never knew as a child. love you so much. praying for you Weibes 🙂

  • Amberly Tanzosh

    I love how the simplest of comments from children can really bring things into perspective. Such a sweet conversation. And you’re right too, this life is fleeting. May we be found faithful and obedient at the end of it. Love you.

    • jennie lusko

      yes and amen! love you Amberly 🙂

  • Haley Jo

    Been listening to Freshlife podcasts for about a year now. Began when my gramma was in the hospital and I spent every waking moment ditching my senior year of high school to be in the hospital with her and my mama. Its been one year and now my mama listens from the hospital with my gma, while I listen from my kitchen in Jinja, Uganda doing my best to fight for the life of a sweet little girl, Esther. Tonight I about hit rock bottom, and thought “what would jennie do?”. Needless to say, this is exactly what I needed to hear after praying “Jesus would you just come already?!”. Its not easy, but its fleeting. He will be here soon enough and if all we do is suffer while were here… we suffer in the name of Jesus & that has to be good enough.