Life on a Higher Plane

Living in small-town Mid-America, we don’t usually have to worry about air traffic control. Shoot, we don’t have to worry about ground traffic control :) However, one morning not long ago when I looked out my front door, I couldn’t believe the activity overhead.

My upturned gaze spotted the jet stream of no less than five planes as they criss-crossed the cloudless blue sky. All of a sudden, another world—a busy world I don’t usually think about—captured my attention.

Since we live about seventy-five miles from the nearest major airport and don’t have many visual reminders of airline activity, the day-in and day-out business of flying the friendly skies isn’t often on my mind. But the sight above me that morning changed all that in an instant.

I got a peek at life on a higher plane (excuse the pun :) ), and it evidently is not only a friendly place (if we believe the ads) but a busy place as well. What’s more amazing is that what I saw is just the tip of the iceberg.

If we had eyes to see and conditions that allowed it, we’d see that this busy scene overhead is taking place across the entire country—and even the world. People are on the move. Life is happening above us at all times.

Another world high above—a heavenly world—captures my attention daily as I worship the Lord and come to Him in prayer. But sometimes I forget about all the activity going on around Him. Life is happening there. Angels and saints must be on the move at all times. They most certainly are experiencing life on a higher plane.

What’s even more amazing is that if we’ve placed our faith in Christ, if we’ve asked Him to be our Savior, we will one day join that heavenly world. We, too, will live life on a higher plane. And that’s some overhead activity I don’t want to miss. That’s the kind of busy I won’t mind!

“Then the angel showed me. . . The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. . . There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:1a, 3b, 5

*What are you particularly looking forward to in heaven?

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*Flickr photo by Al Pavangkanan


  1. I am looking forward to see Jesus and His introducing us to our daughter who will then be whole and complete. No doubt in heaven you will see a small group of five off in a distance. It will be the Lord and our family catching up on all the things that elude us here on earth. Dani will be talking a mile a minute and Jesus will be dabbing our tears.

    I look forward to meeting our daughter in heaven.
    Love you!

  2. Laura Drumb says

    Definitely seeing my Savior face to face!! I honestly can hardly wait for that exciting experience. And right behind that will be the reunion with my parents & other dear family & friends who preceded me there. And I can’t wait for that, either. To worship at His feet will be a thrill I can only dream about for now, but someday soon….!

  3. Laura Drumb says

    I’m also reminded of activity on a higher plane going on around us right now by the power of our almighty God through His angels. This spiritual warfare cannot be seen but its impact can definitely be felt by all of us. And when we are tuned into His heart, sometimes He gives us a glimpse–similar to the one you saw, Cheryl, in the skies overhead–just a trace of how He is working on our behalf. And it takes my breath away when this happens! Thanks for refocusing my heart today on that fact, too! We are not in this battle alone & I’m MOST grateful!

  4. Nancy, what a precious scene you painted for us — thank you!

    Laura, so glad you enjoyed the post and that it helped you refocus on the higher plane activity going on all the time!

  5. Hi Cheryl,

    Thank you! I am so glad your daughter had someone pouring into her life too (besides you guys too). I’m sure they loved her deeply, just like I love my teens.

    Jennifer Dougan

  6. All around us, activity going on. Besides being with Jesus forever, I look forward to getting to know the saints of the Bible and to seeing friends who have made it home already.

    Praying for you this night.


  7. Thank you for the prayers, Elaine. So much appreciated. And yes, along with Jesus, of course, won’t it be fun to finally meet the saints of the Bible!

  8. I am looking forward to being in the presence of such grace and understanding, for my mind cannot begin to comprehend what awaits in heaven. I also look forward to being reunited with friends and family that have already gone home. :)

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