18

May

When Earth Sings Heaven’s Song

I love music. I have my favorite worship music and CCM groups. Worship songs old and new will get me singing along. One type of music that has a unique place in my heart is choral music. I spent a few years in choir in high school and I did a short stint with the Langley Community Chorus the year after graduation. Even though I would struggle because I can’t read music, I always love the heart in many of the songs. One of my good friends is still in the Langley Community Chorus (she’s even written a song that was arranged for the chorus) so I went to their concert on Mother’s Day this year. One of the songs they sang caught my attention. It’s called “I Dreamed of Rain”. The chorus sung it when I was a member and I was excited to hear it again. One line captured my heart as I listened:

“I dreamed of heaven and the earth sang”

This line makes me think of the different ways Christians think of heaven. Do we dream of heaven being our eternal home someday or do we dream of heaven coming now? The someday dreams are valid. Many of us have loved ones who are already in heaven and we long to see them again. We long to know what they are seeing right now. However, I know there’s more for us. In Matthew 6:10 Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

I’ll admit that this has proven to be one of the most basic, yet mysterious prayers for me to pray. On the one hand I know that God wants to bring salvation healing, freedom and restoration to the earth through the body of Christ. On the other hand, the obstacles to achieving that goal are sometimes too overwhelming to confront, and to keep confronting. I find this most true for myself in the area of physical healing. Day after day, night after night and prayer after prayer yields no change. It is in those times that I must “be joyful in hope patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” Rom. 12:12.

Lately I’ve been learning about the difference between fact and truth. The fact is I am dependent on a wheelchair. The truth is it is God’s will for me to be healed. And if God is for me, who can be against me? (ref. Rom. 8:31) I’ve also been learning the value of thanking God for the healing that has already been purchased for me by Jesus on the cross. (ref. Isa. 53:5, 1 Pet. 2:24) I am simply waiting for the manifestation of the healing that is already been completed. In that position I can praise God and keep my faith strong.

We, as the body of Christ, must speak life into hopeless situations. The life found in the Word of God. Heaven will invade Earth when we position ourselves for it.

In heaven there is no sickness, no depression, no broken relationships, no death. That is what God wants for us here on earth. He wants us to realize who we are in Him. We can have abundant life because of Jesus, through His spirit in us. We have the authority if we will only walk in it. Heaven can be more than a dream for someday. It can be our reality now. When heaven invades earth, the earth sings.

-Emily White, Youth Leader