"It seems to me probable that that part of the church that is in heaven have been from the beginning of the world progressive in their light, and in their happiness, as the church on earth has, and that much of their happiness has consisted in seeing the progressive wonderful doings of God, with respect to his church here in this world. Thus Moses with great joy saw the promises of God fulfilled, in bringing the children of Israel into Canaan, with far greater satisfaction than he would have seen it on earth; because he could much better see the glorious ends God proposed by it, and his wonderful wisdom in that work. So those saints, who die now, before the accomplishment of the far more glorious things to the church that God has foretold which are not yet fulfilled, and for which they have prayed and waited, will see the fulfillment of them with greater satisfaction than if they lived upon the earth till they were accomplished. The church in heaven and the church on earth are more one people, one city, and one family, than is generally imagined." ~Jonathan Edwards, The Works of JE, Vol. 2, pg. 621
About a year ago I was at a funeral and was told the following by the pastor: "She can't look back and see us from where she is now because the Bible says that all our tears will be wiped away in heaven and it would cause her too much sorrow to be able to look back and see us weeping for her."
This sounded so utterly ridiculous to me that I couldn't help winking at my aunt who was no doubt eavesdropping on this conversation from heaven. Funerals are a cliche factory so who knows if he really believed this or not. I suppose the same logic could be applied to happy things that happen on earth because happiness produces tears of joy, but I don't think that that's what the passage means. I do think that those in heaven can see every detail of the events on earth, including the painful ones, without shedding a tear, much like an adult can watch a two-year old cry over spilled milk without breaking down and weeping himself. Being in the presence of the One who manages all the affairs of his kingdom, including spilled milk and car accidents, will do a lot for perspective. Furthermore...
"There can be no doubt but that the saints in heaven shall see the flourishing and prosperity of the church on earth; for how can they avoid it, when they shall be with the King himself, whose kingdom this church is, and who as King manages all those affairs? Shall the royal family be kept in ignorance of the success of the affairs of the kingdom? They shall also be with the angels, those ministers by whom the King manages those affairs." (ibid)
Furtherfurthermore, I have a hard time believing -- since it seems that a lot of the fruit we will bear on earth won't ripen until after we're dead -- that we would not be able to watch it ripen, thus giving us the opportunity to praise God all the more for the privilege of bearing it. This involves pain, seen through enlightened eyes.
Furtherfurtherfurthermore, if I bear any fruit at all from this moment forward, it will have been due in large part to the influence of Jonathan Edwards, whose fruit it will also be. Therefore Jonathan Edwards must see it, no matter how small it is, or else he would have less reason to praise God. Indeed, anyone who has been influenced by Piper or any other of Edwards' offspring, and has been given more reason to magnify Christ as a result (which is just about every Christian I know), must say the same thing. Therefore, Jonathan Edwards reads your blog.