"A God without mystery," someone once told me, "would be no God at all."
Perhaps most mysterious of all is "What will heaven be like." Yes, we have some information, but I think all of us wonder sometimes just how thick or how thin is the veil that separates us from heaven.
On the one hand, we talk about heaven and sing about it and build a lovely picture in our imagination.
On the other hand, we know there is a great gulf fixed between us and those who have died. When loved ones cross over that great divide, we know we will never see them again in this life. We can't ask them what it's like.
In II Cor. 12:2, Paul tells of being caught up into heaven (perhaps in a vision). John also saw a vision of heaven and describes it vividly in the book of Revelation. In these two accounts, we learn a lot, but still there is so much we do not know.
What are we going to do there? That great Bible expositor, J. Vernon McGee, often said when he got to heaven, he wanted to keep teaching the Word of God. That begs the question, "will we have perfect understanding in heaven?" If so, will we will need someone to teach us Bible truth?
To my great embarrassment, I sometimes sing off-key. Will I have perfect pitch in heaven? Our heavenly Father draws the curtain on these and many other issues.
The Bridegroom has many surprises for us. So much mystery!
I asked some young teenagers about that. "Why do you suppose" I asked "there is so much mystery surrounding heaven and eternity?"
"That makes it more romantic," was one answer I got. "Mystery is romantic," was another, and "We like surprises."
That makes sense to me.
Not only do we have mystery in the Second Coming. We also have romance. When my husband was alive, I used to have a recurring dream. I would be out alone at night on a dark, lonely road, lost and anxious. Cars would come by and I would scramble off the road and into the ditch.
Always, though, I knew that my husband, Wes, would come for me. I was lost, but in my dream I knew he would find me. I always felt sure that no matter how far, no matter how long it took, he would come and get me. That was so comforting!
That is how it is with Jesus. In John 14:2 He told us that there are many mansions in heaven and that He is preparing a place for us, His bride.
Then in verse 3, He promised us no matter how long it took and no matter how far away earth is from heaven, He will come and get us and take us unto Himself, so that we can be with Him for all eternity.
Now, that is what I call romantic!
Frana Hamilton is Director of Training at a vocational school where she teaches, advises and encourages out-of-work adults who need some training and a helpful boost to get them back into the workplace. She considers it a great privilege to have this ministry.