The gauzy curtain

Today I had a message from a friend, someone I have always looked up to. God has always seemed to be more real to her than to most of us, and I always hoped that by spending time with her some of that clear vision would rub off on me.

My friend is in the last few, precious days of a terminal illness. She is rarely awake now, and I didn’t expect to hear from her again this side of heaven, but I opened my email and read:

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‘’Things are peaceful, God is so near and I’m awfully weary of dealing with the pain. I’ve admired the heck outta you and the courage you have to stand up against crushing attacks. It’s been a privilege to get to know you. See you on the other side of the gauzy curtain and we will DANCE!’’

As I sat there and cried for her, for her family, for the terrible pain and loss of finishing the race without my friend, my daughter came up to hug me and read the note that was on the screen. 

‘’Mama, what’s the gauzy curtain?’’

I thought for a minute, and then pointed to the sheer drapes in our living room window. 

‘’Look through those drapes, Baby. What do you see?’’

‘’I can see the shapes of the trees and the houses.’’

‘’Can you see the leaves on the trees? Or the birds in the branches? Can you see the flowers planted at the base of the tree?’’

‘’No. It’s too cloudy looking through the drapes.’’

‘’Yes, that’s what it’s like looking at heaven from here. That’s the gauzy curtain. We can’t see through it clearly. But when we die, we will be on the other side and we will be right there with all the beauty of heaven, and we will see Jesus face to face.’’

And that was all the explanation she needed. 

Just as a heavy veil hid the Old Testament Holy of Holies from view, with access permitted only for those whom God called, so an unseen veil separates life on earth from eternity in heaven, lifting only to permit entry for those He calls home.

Save me a dance, Sweet Sister. I love you and will miss you terribly, with your wisdom and wise counsel. Goodbye for now, until we meet at the feet of the One who died so that we can live forever.

‘’Now we see a dim reflection, as if we were looking in a mirror, but then we shall see clearly. Now I know only a part, but then I will know fully, as God has known me.’’ 1 Corinthians 13:12

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