A Sweet Woman of God
It is often said when someone passes that Heaven has another angel. It’s a kind thing to say, but it is incorrect. We, as human beings, do not become angels when we die. Angels are different creations of God. We were created in God’s image, angels were not. The Bible says in Hebrews 1:14, Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (NIV) We who are the children of God inherit salvation. We are not angels, and never will be. But sometimes when we know someone who has an especially sweet spirit about them, we refer to them as an angel. Neva was just such a person.
Neva is my sister-in-law, Marlene’s, mother. And Neva moved Home to Heaven recently, after 91 years on this earth. She was due her reward, and I’m sure that Jesus was there to welcome her into the place that He had prepared for her. I’m also sure that Jesus was well pleased with His servant, Neva, and that Neva was well pleased to join with those waiting for her in her Heavenly Home. She has a husband there, siblings, children, and many other friends and family who have gone ahead of her. Oh, what a party that must have been upon her arrival! Her son recently posted on Facebook about her smile, as we all remember it, and I’m sure it was never wider than it was when her time in Heaven began.
I write about Neva today, to honor her memory. I know that her last few years on this earth were not easy as her health declined. I know that her heart was failing her, and her family was caring for her more and more in the loving way that she had always cared for them. This morning I talked to my brother, Steve, about his mother-in-law, and the relief she must have felt to finally be able to say good-bye to this world, and enter into the next. He told me a story that sort of gives us a good illustration of the freedom Heaven offers those who will believe in Jesus as their Savior. Steve said the motor on his fish tank had gone out, but his fish had grown too big for it anyway. Instead of buying a larger tank, he took his fish down to the river and set it free into the river of “living water.” Of course, he said it will either find food, or become food…but even still, the thought of living in that fish tank compared to the expanse of an open river might be somewhat comparable to living in this world compared to the wondrous expanse of what Heaven will be like, minus being prey to the enemy. In Heaven, this world’s darkness will be gone, and only God’s glory will reign.
Searching And Noticing the Divine can happen anywhere. But when someone leaves this world for the next, it is good to take notice of what they have left behind, and what they have gone on to. It helps the hurting hearts here, when we can focus on what Jesus has waiting for us there. Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Revelation 22:1 (NLT)