“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).
An empty chair can elicit emotions. The reaction depends on the type of chair.
A vacant seat at mealtime represents one who is away or gone. It stirs a sense of abandonment, loneliness, or grief.
My granddaughter’s empty highchair signifies a milestone. “Our Sofie’s growing up,” boasts her proud father. He beams. Pride fills his heart until he notices her vanishing dependence. Elation disappears from his smile. A longing gaze projects his desire to freeze time.
My feelings toward chairs have changed. Before multiple sclerosis struck I’d sit in a teacher’s chair and long for a rocking chair. Now it’s my husband who sits in the rocking chair. Keeping me company as I rest in bed. Listening to me share fond memories of life in my teacher’s chair.
Nowadays I’m grateful for my portable seat. Occasionally it supports me while waiting in line with dwindling stamina.
Perhaps your wheelchair reveals your condition. It discloses your limitations.
There’s another chair. One that discloses freedom. It represents our spiritual condition. It’s a chair that awaits us in heaven. Our seat in the heavenly realms will reveal our status: God’s child. Such an honor and blessing is hard to comprehend.
We can certainly understand the privilege of being allowed to sit in the Oval Office. Anyone would be awe-struck if the Queen of England gave an invitation to hop into her throne.
Can we imagine a greater invitation? Christ offers, “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21).
Picture yourself seated in God’s throne room. Envision the twenty-four elders casting gold crowns before the throne (Revelation 4:10). No more doctor stools, wheelchairs, or pain. Just praise.
Prayer: Dear Father, Help me keep my focus on Your throne. It’s there I’ll find true comfort and rest. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net
What are you looking forward to in heaven?
This song “Hope Now” with Addison Road is a great reminder that we can always hope. When we are adjusting to accepting help or using the tools and assistive devices that can help us, it can be hard to realize we need things like chairs with us. Yet, by keeping our focus on the hope we have in eternal life, it makes those concerns shrink. Many blessings to you. -Lisa