I was carrying my five-year-old granddaughter Lucy the other day. We were upstairs in our house, and I tucked her under my arm, walking in an exaggerated way that shook her up and down. She loves that. I always give her a choice,
“Do you want to go down the stairs the regular way, or the fun way?” Of course she always picks the fun way. At the bottom of the stairs I set her down, and she looked up at me. “Papa,” she said, “will there be stairs in heaven?”
“Well,” I said, “I don’t know. Why do you ask?”
“Because,” she replied, “I want you to carry me down the steps of heaven the fun way.” Will I be carrying Lucy up and down heavenly stairs someday? Will she be carrying me? I don’t know. But I do know we’ll be having fun together, as Lucy grows up and places her faith in Jesus Christ, and we both look forward to heaven. God’s ultimate plan is to bring heaven and earth together. He will not abandon His creation; He will restore it.
In Acts 3:19-21 (NIV), in the midst of an impromptu evangelistic sermon in the temple courtyard, Peter declared: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”
He will restore the lives of His sons and daughters.
He will restore our bodies.
He will restore our very planet. He will bring all things in heaven and earth together under one head, even Christ, according to Ephesians 1:10.
Randy Alcorn writes: “We won’t go to Heaven and leave earth behind. Rather, God will bring Heaven and earth together into the same dimension with no wall of separation. No armed angels to guard Heaven’s perfection from sinful mankind.”
This is a very hard day for two friends of mine, Levi and Jennie Lusko.
Today marks one year since their little daughter Lenya was unexpectedly called home to heaven. I know their heart aches today as they miss their little girl so badly. But I also know that they do not grieve “as those that have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). They,and all of us who have loved ones who have preceded us to heaven, do not grieve hopelessly but hopefully.
Remember to pray for the Lusko family today.
One day, Levi and Jenny and the whole Lusko family will be reunited with Lenya.
Maybe there even be some stairs to go down “the fun way.” We will have to see.