In his book called Heaven
, my friend Randy Alcorn wrote, "We may imagine we want a thousand different things, but God is the one we really long for. His presence brings satisfaction; his absence brings thirst and longing. Our longing for Heaven is a longing for God."
When we long for Heaven, we're longing for God. The Bible promises that a day is coming when we will see God face to face. Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).
Heaven isn't just a state of mind; it's a real place. And one day we will see God. Seeing Him will be like seeing everything else for the first time. Not only will we see God, but He will be the lens through which we see everything else—people, ourselves, and the events of this life. When we get to Heaven, everything will suddenly make sense to us. We will see everything from a different perspective.
When things happen in life that don't make sense, we'll say, "This is wrong. This is not fair. This is so hard." But one day when we get to Heaven, we will see these things from God's perspective. I don't think we will forget everything in Heaven. The fact is that we will know more in Heaven, not less.
The Bible says, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). I'll take it a step further, even. I believe we will learn in Heaven, that we will continue to grow. But we'll have a divine perspective when we get there. That is the hope of the follower of Jesus Christ when we see God face to face.