But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other
than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”
– Genesis 28:17
Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? To a golfer, the closest thing to heaven must be the crown jewel of all golf courses—Augusta National. Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts created a golf environment like none other in the world. There is something about Augusta National that moves people in profound ways. It’s breathtaking beauty has been known to bring grown men to tears. Life is not complete, even for a weekend golfer, until they find themselves standing on this hallowed ground. A trip to Augusta National can be difficult to put into words. One man described his only trip as “perfect.” He says he never wants to go again because it can’t be any better than what he experienced. Another man, who attended each year, tells listeners that people go “just to breath the air.” In the golf world, this is truly heaven on earth.
Following a tragic automobile accident, author Don Piper tells of his death and brief time at heaven’s door. He describes a wonderful reception by people he had known during his lifetime, each smiling and praising God. He was overcome by the sound of beautiful music that never stopped. It was as though he was hearing thousands of songs and hymns at the same time, yet they all blended perfectly. Colors were brilliant and unlike any he had ever seen. How magnificent does this sound and he was only standing at the gates of heaven! What will it be like to actually stand on the other side of the gate? God has prepared a wonderful home for those who have surrendered their lives to Him. No pain, no sorrow, no aching backs or heartbreak, only an eternity of worship and praise to our Heavenly Father.
Heavenly Father, help me to understand that nothing I have experienced or seen can compare to the Heaven You have created. Thank You for promising that I can spend eternity with you there when I surrender my life to You. Amen.