It is comforting to imagine our loved ones greeting us with joy and celebration as we first arrive in heaven. It brings me much eagerness and anticipation as I imagine this experience. But what if the very first person I see is someone I found hard to love, or someone who hurt me so badly that I found it very difficult to forgive? What if the very first person I see is someone who I either knowingly or unknowingly hurt?
I truly believe that I will be surprised to see some people in heaven. I think we all will. Only God knows our hearts and who we really are, even if others cannot understand. I am trusting that if I am greeted by someone who has left painful scars in my human heart, I will be so filled with the joy and peace of heaven that I will instantly smile and reach out my arms for a warm and fulfilling hug. I hope to be overwhelmed with the positive changes that must have occurred that lead to this moment.