10-year-old girl asking what Heaven is like
Last week, Marjorie sent me this email and I promised her to try and answer her daughter’s questions about Heaven:
I am also having difficulties with my 10-year-old girl who wants to know about our life after we go to Heaven, and how it is there in Heaven. I wonder why a child’s mind is so full of beautiful questions that torment us as parents. Be Blessed Toni and thanks so much for sharing with me.
It seems to me that kids around the ages of 10 to 12 years old often ask the most important questions about life. Knowing about Heaven is one of these questions. Younger kids are not worried about it, since they trust God enough to know there is no need to worry about how Heaven is; it will be the very best indeed. When we grow up, perhaps we’re ashamed to formulate such questions in public. But we have to live with such darkness before our birth and after our death, and it scares us.
When Jesus announced his disciples about his upcoming death, he comforted them saying: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2) And that’s all he said, that’s all of what he wanted us to know. Probably we are not capable of being told in words what Heaven is.
I’ve reviewed the story of the raising of the widow’s Son in Nain:
“Jesus said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’ The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.” (Luke 7:14b-15)
The young man began to talk. Why did Luke not include in his Gospel what Jesus had said? But Luke was silent; God preferred to leave us in the dark. Nothing was said either about the daughter of Jairus. And if Lazarus comforted the hearts of Martha and Mary with news of the heavenly regions, his words were just for them, not for us.
Many have dared to try and describe Heaven, even to paint it! They have used the best images based on our earthly experiences to do so. But the One who may have described it remained silent about it, so we should walk by faith, and not by a fancied sight. Probably what awaits us in Heaven is so wonderful that trying to envision it with our ideas may just fall in with the most wretched of misconceptions.
Coming back to the Lord’s word, we know that Heaven is his Father’s house, the house where he prepared a place for us. For those of us who had a happy childhood, thinking about Heaven as a return to our father house is very comforting. For those who had a tough childhood, what better image of Heaven as returning to a home they have long desired to be a part of? And thinking about it, we still miss the jump from the poor experience of love at our earthly father’s home, to the fullness of Love at our’s Heavenly Father home, by keeping company with our elderly brother the Lord Jesus and feeling the gently caress of the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps, when we speculate about Heaven, we have to remember this verse:
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15)
We should try to go back to our childhoods, where our trust in the Lord was so pure that we did not need to question anything.
May the Holy Spirit help us to trust the Lord that way.
Joy and peace, brothers and sisters,