Posted by Jerry White on Aug 8, 2016
“What is the enjoyment of heaven? Not merely exemption from trial, freedom from sorrow, rest from toil, and release from conflicts—oh no! It is the presence, the full unclouded presence of our Father there. To be with Christ, to behold His glory, to gaze upon His face, to hear His voice, to feel the throbbing of His bosom, to bask in the effulgence of God’s presence—oh, this is heaven, the heaven of heaven!
The twilight of this glory we have here on earth. ‘I am not alone,’ each sorrowful and banished soul can exclaim, ‘because the Father is with me.’ Yes, beloved, your own Father; thou shall call Him your Father. In Jesus, He is your reconciled, pacified Father, whose thoughts that He thinks of you are all peace, and whose ways that He takes with you are all love. The presence, the voice, the smile of a parent, how precious and soothing, especially when that presence is realized, that voice is heard, and that smile is seen in the dark, desolate hour of adversity.
God is our heavenly Parent. His presence, His care, His smiles are ever with His children…. He is with you to cheer your loneliness, to sweeten your solitude, to sanctify your sorrow, to strengthen your weakness, to shield your person, to pardon your sins, and to heal all your diseases. In your deep solitude, listen to His own touching words: ‘Fear thou not; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee: yea. I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness’ (Isa. 41:10).”
Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)
Morning Thoughts, 399-400