Abraham eagerly waited for, sought, and longed for the city of foundations, New Jerusalem, in the new creation, the better country (Hebrews 11:10, 14, 16). Abraham and Sarah lived in a tent, about which the Bible gives no description. However, the whole of Genesis 23 is devoted to the purchase and description of their burial place.
At the start of this year  my wife, Karen, and I had no idea what awaited us. In mid January she was hospitalized. After a week she was transferred to intensive care. I was apprehensive about the outcome of these events. At that time the Lord spoke to me through Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham, being called…went out, not knowing where he was going.”
I realized, and Karen agreed, that we were on a journey with the Lord, not knowing where we were going and not knowing when we would arrive. With this realization, my apprehension vanished. I was willing to go by faith, not knowing.
After four weeks of hospitalization, Karen went to a convalescent home, where she stayed for six weeks. During the latter weeks she faced a decision about medical treatment. She had her preference but always stated it with “probably.”
During the tenth week of this journey the Lord visited us strongly as we were together reading Genesis. Verse 12:1 says, “Go from your land…to the land that I will show you.” That day we did not understand what the Lord was speaking to us but within two days she was certain, and I too, that the Lord was calling her out of this present existence to be with Him in paradise. At this point Karen knew she had received a decision from the Lord. There was no longer a medical decision to consider and she never again said “probably.” She also testified, “I am not afraid to die.”
She came home with hospice care. We expected some weeks before her death but she died one week after realizing what the Lord spoke. I believe that this quickness shows that the timing was of the Lord, not man. (She died three days after coming home; in the Bible “three days” indicates resurrection.) She is asleep in Christ. A week later we buried her to await the resurrection at the Lord’s visible return, as presented in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16, and to await, like Abraham and Sarah and many others, the better country with the New Jerusalem.