The other day my four-year-old son surprised me by suddenly declaring “I wish I was dead.”
I looked up from the dishes I was washing.
“Oh?” I said. “Why do you wish that?”
“Because then I could see God,” he replied.
Whew! That’s not as bad as this conversation could have gone.
“Well, you don’t have to wait to die to see God,” I told him and his older sister, who had stopped to listen. “We see God right here on earth every time we hug someone or say ‘I love you’ or we see a beautiful sunset.”
“Huh?” my seven-year-old daughter asked. “We see God in the sunset?”
“Yes, because He made everything in this world, especially the wonderful things.”
My son’s comment had startled me, but his declaration let me know that he was indeed listening when I told him about heaven. It also made me realize I should help my kids find God in everyday life and not just wait till death to see the full glory of the Lord.
We see the beauty of God in every blooming flower, every beautifully lit Christmas tree, every colorful sunrise. We hear His glory when a baby giggles, the wind rushes through the tops of the trees, and our spouse says “I love you.” We breathe in His goodness through fresh-baked bread, pine needles, and the smell of wood smoke drifting up from a chimney on an October evening.
God is all around us. We only have to look for Him to find Him close at hand. He lives not only in our hearts, but also in our homes, cars, offices, schools, front yards, and grocery stores. Let us look for Him all day every day, and not wait until we are dead to bask in His glory.