We get our children ready for school. We get them dressed and ready for church. We get them ready for soccer practice or ballet class. We get them ready for college, and their wedding day. But getting our children ready for Heaven? Especially when they go there before you? It’s not something you want to plan for.
I wish we had more time to prepare Lenya for Heaven, and I wish I had more time to prepare myself for saying good bye, but regardless of my regrets, I know that we did indeed prepare her the best we could.
Today is the day that marks Lenya being in Heaven for one year – three hundred sixty-five days. When I said goodbye to her that night so that I could go wrap the girls’ Christmas presents, I didn’t know that would be the last time I’d say good bye to her. And although, we weren’t ready for her to go, she was ready. You see, Lenya was born into a family who centers our lives around Jesus. Not a perfect family, no way, but a family who believes in Jesus as their Savior, and who knows that our hearts and minds were meant to be set toward Heaven. Lenya was planted in the house of the Lord, and as my husband says, it’s not because he’s a pastor, it’s because he’s a Christian.
We learned Bible verses at home, and she learned Bible verses at church. We talked about Heaven all the time. We would talk about how Jesus was the only way to Heaven. We would talk about how she wouldn’t have allergies in Heaven, and that she could eat whatever she wanted. Heaven was in our vocabulary all the time, and I’m SO thankful for that.
While we weren’t ready to send her to Heaven when God decided to take her there, we know she was ready. Although it’s painful that we can’t see her and hold her now, we know she is with Jesus, and that Jesus is continuing to make us ready for Heaven. Just as my husband has preached, “Jesus isn’t just preparing a place for us, but He’s preparing us for that place.”
I want so much to get Lenya ready for the day again. I want to get her ready for ballet again, putting her hair up in her cute little bun. But we readied her for Heaven, and she’s now in the target, safe in God’s presence, and now we have three beautiful little hearts still in the quiver who we have the responsibility to prepare to dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
“if then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-3