When You See a Bit of Heaven

January 20, 2012 | 29 comments

My one-way ticket tells me where I’m going, and I’ve got an internal GPS to help me get there.

But it all looks so fuzzy up ahead. And where is Heaven anyway?

Maybe the Good Lord knows my heart couldn’t handle it if He showed it all at once. So he gives us enchanting glimpses, in those delicious moments when invisible hands peel back the curtains of Heaven.

It happens quite by surprise, I think. It comes in a beautiful dream. Or when you look out your front window one morning to see that a million snowflakes magically gathered on the front step overnight. You steal otherwordly glimpses when you drive up over a hill, and on the crest, you can see for miles. And it feels like you’re flying, and you want to drive with the top down. In January.

We see then, even if only through a glass, darkly.

Heaven comes down in that sweet moment when you curl up next to your baby girl by lamplight, and you keep watch until she starts to exhale in measured, warm breaths. Just watching her sleep makes you feel more awake then you’ve felt all day.

And you pray right then, that the Lord might look with favor upon your girl with eyelashes resting on pink cheeks. You pray He might grant her one of those dreams — a private vision of what awaits. You pray for the grandest of dreams and the most enchanting of moments — treasures you can hold onto when the ugly rancor of the world closes in around you. It’s a beauty you can hold in your hand, even if only for a moment, before it melts away.



Writing in community with Lisa-Jo, who encourages us to write for Five Minutes on the topic she assigns. This week’s word: VIVID.

by | January 20, 2012 | 29 comments


  1. Victoria

    That internal GPS–God’s Perfect Son! =)

    • dukeslee

      Oooo! I LIKE that Victoria.

  2. kd sullivan

    This is delicious soul food! God is sifting powdered sugar over the creamy frosting of our lawns today. and it is a glimpse of heaven. quiet. soft. and slow.

    • dukeslee

      Aw … What a delicious picture you’ve created. Powdered sugar. Yum! Thank you for sharing it!

  3. Michele Williams

    So beautiful! Yes, I think He gives us tiny glimpses of Heaven in the simple things in life. We couldn’t handle it all at once! Thank you for the reminder.

    • dukeslee

      I could hardly even handle that handful of snow. It was too much. I had to drop it! 🙂

  4. Jeanne Damoff

    Your words today are a gift to me. Love you, friend.

    • dukeslee

      Miss you, Jeanne. I need to catch up with you, dear friend. Sending you love …

  5. HisFireFly

    Little tastes, bit size glimpses to keep us hungry and seeking more of Him.

    Delightful words this morning Jennifer!

  6. Karen

    Nothing compares to the joys He lays before us, when we see glimpses of HIM. What a great thought to linger with – thanks for sharing.

  7. Erin

    This is just . . . beauty. Pure and simple.

  8. Stephani

    This is timely for me. I lost a dear friend last night when he was hit by a car as he walked across a street. He was a giant in our church, a bright, joyous light, a retired minister and currently the police chaplain. I think he was a glimpse of heaven.

    • Sheila Lagrand

      Oh, Stephani.

      Oh. I am so sorry for your loss. Such a tragedy for the loved ones left behind.

      Prayers for you.

  9. Kaitlin Evans


    Call me one of the lucky ones, but I TOTALLY had one of these glimpses in a dream.

    I was walking along a beach watching the sunrise and the sunrise was absolutley indescribable.

    But the colors and the vision of this dream is not what made me feel as though this was different from all my other swirling subconsious adventures.

    It was the amazing and just complete peace that filled the dream and the hours I laid awake after.

    I hope and pray I never forget that feeling.


  10. Christine

    Beautiful. Nothing like a baby to remind us of Heaven. You work miracles with words.

  11. Deborah West

    “You pray for the grandest of dreams and the most enchanting of moments — treasures you can hold onto when the ugly rancor of the world closes in around you. It’s a beauty you can hold in your hand, even if only for a moment, before it melts away.”

    Lord have mercy, I needed that today! Thank you!

  12. betty jo

    Beautiful! Jennifer your writing is a balm for my soul.

  13. kendal

    love! needed today.

  14. Sheila Lagrand

    “My heart couldn’t handle it if He showed it all at once.”

    That’s been a little theme for me, these days.

    And you illuminate it, deeply and richly. Thanks, Jennifer!

  15. S. Etole

    Thanks for what you show us while we wait.

  16. Kimberlee Conway Ireton

    Glimpses of glory–that’s what I call those moments when Mystery unfolds and we see beyond the glass, just a glimmer, but enough to wake us up and whet our appetite for more glory, more God. Thank you for sharing a few of your glimpses today.

  17. Dolly

    Thankful for those “enchanting glimpses” and for how you share yours with us here 🙂 Thank you, Jennifer 🙂

  18. Carrie

    Your words are so lovely, so captivating! I felt a big slice of heaven on earth this week…my littlest has been visiting me in the wee hours and a couple of nights ago, he pushed his body right up to mine, head upon head. I thought I’d burst with love! And like you, as soon as he begins his deep breathing, I’m wide awake and asking God to protect all my chicks. Thank you so much for the beautiful post – a peaceful vivid image to end my evening.

  19. patsy

    Sometimes it’s when you are in perfect peace, the peace that defies all understanding, even if all around you is chaos!!! Have a great weekend! Patsy from HeARTworks

  20. Nancy

    You and I were very much on the same page with this one, my friend. Kindred spirits, I think!

  21. Danelle

    I am thinking of “When We Have Faces” by CS Lewis.
    This is beautiful Jennifer. I love the glimpses too.

  22. Katie

    Beautiful! I long for those small moments of heaven. I seek them out constantly. He’s made our hearts for heaven!

  23. Amy Sullivan

    When heaven comes down and meets us, yes.

    Heaven met me today. Not in a big and grand way, but in the quiet of the morning. I don’t let my life remain quiet for long, but for just a bit I did, and it was amazing.

    Thanks always for your words, Jennifer.

  24. Paula

    A glimpse of heaven.. just enough grace to keep us on the journey of faith. Thank you for such a beautiful post. I’d LOVE if you checked out my friends beautiful story over on my blog. Don’t Stop Before the Miracle. My life is changed by her testimony… I’m sure yours will be too.


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