Heaven Bound

  I think this story by Norman Vincent Peale compliments what Jesus said in the scripture in John 14:1-3; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”                                 

Norman Vincent Peale writes:

      “It’s a parable really, about a baby in the prenatal state, tucked under his mother’s loving heart.  

     ‘Suppose that someone might come to this unborn baby and state, ‘You cannot stay here very long. In a few months, you will be born or, as you may think of it, die out of your present state.’

     The baby might stubbornly refuse, ‘I don’t want to leave here. I’m comfortable, well cared for; I’m warm, loved, and happy. I don’t want to be what you call born or what I call die out of this place.’

     But in the normal course of events, the baby is born. He does die out of his present existence. And then what does he find? He feels beneath him strong and loving arms. He looks up into a beautiful face, tender with love, the face of his mother. Everyone loves him. He is welcomed, cuddled, cared for. And he would say, ‘How foolish I was. This is a wonderful place. Sure glad I didn’t stay back there!’

     Finally, after years of life, he grows old. His hair is white, his step slower; his natural energy abated. Someone might come to him and say, ‘You cannot stay here. You are going to die, or as we might say it, be born out of this place into another.’ And he might stubbornly refuse. ‘I don’t want to leave this world. I like it here. It is warm and mostly pleasant and I have my loved ones. I love this place. I don’t want to die, or as you say be born into this other place.”

     But there comes a time when he does die. And then what does he find? God’s loving arms beneath him. He looks up into a beautiful face, tender with love, the face of Christ, a face more lovely than that first face he saw so long ago. Everyone loves him. He is welcomed, cared for.. in the most incredible place he has ever been. Yes, you guess it. Soon he is exclaiming, ‘Why this is wonderful! I love this new life. I want to remain here forever…’ And he does… “     

                 Those in Christ are “HEAVEN BOUND.”




5 Responses to “Heaven Bound”

  1. Max, what a beautiful story! It reminds me that we can trust God no matter what stage of “life” we are in. What encouraging words to start a new week. Thank you for being faithful in your witness.

  2. Max , what a beautiful story. We have so much to look forward to, Heaven . I am reminded of Philippians 3:20-21 ” Our citizenship is of Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there the Lord Jesus Christ , who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control,will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body”.
    Thank you for all the work you do in sending out these devotionals each week.
    Love, Joann

  3. that a boy Max .

  4. Thanks, Max. I actually got to hear Norman Vincent Peale speak in person one time. I have great memories of your time of ministry in Kingsport at First Christian Church. Keep up your good work.

  5. Thanks Max ….. I have used this story from Norman Vincent Peale many, many times … but what a great reminder …. and I will share it again with our congregation… Each of us can use a reminder of this journey we call life ….. after all … “We’re Just Passing Through” !!!

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