Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I Can Only Imagine~

"Hi, Aunt Stacy!"

These words, spoken by my precious little nephew Sebastian, were like a dream come true. Ever since I made my airplane reservations, I would picture his sweet face and visualize hearing those words. Arriving at my sister's house in the wee hours of  Monday morning, I finally heard these sweet words.

Stumbling from his bed and wondering what all the commotion in the hallway was, he took one look at me, smiled a smile sweeter than words can say, and in a sleepy little voice said the words I had long to hear.

My heart just melted.

 As I hugged my nephew tight, I thanked God for granting me this desire of my heart: to be with my sister and her little man.

 Special time together. Special moments that later become special memories.

 Like today.

 We were parked on the street by the preschool playground. My brother-in-law and Sebastian had ran onto the playground for some fun before school. As I watched from the car window, I tried to capture this moment in my mind. But then, the moment got even sweeter. A little girl came running over to Sebastian with her hand held out to take hold of his. In a split second they were hand in hand skipping along the sidewalk, all the way into the door of their classroom. Talk about a moment to remember!

 Soon, my time here will be over. Soon, my sister will drive me back to the airport and this time, I will hear the words that break my heart. Goodbye.

 Sweet reunions like this make my heart long for Heaven. There, we won't have to try to capture memories in our mind. There, we won't have to pray for the time to go slow and the days to last long. There, our "hi" will never turn into "goodbye". Heaven will be a forever "hello" and I can't wait.

 Tonight, as I sit in my sister's kitchen, typing away on her laptop, after tucking in my nephew, kissing him goodnight and whispering "sweet dreams", my heart is overflowing with thanksgiving. I am so thankful for this moment in time - time to soak in, drink in, and enjoy every moment with my precious family.

But, I am also thankful for the blessed hope of Heaven. For moments that will never end. For the opportunity to spend time with my loved ones with no thought of an upcoming goodbye. For being with my precious Jesus through out all eternity.

 Right here, right now is precious indeed.

 But, Heaven.....I can only imagine how beautiful that will be.~

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