This is on my mind from time to time, as things are going downhill for me, and it my not be long until I find out.
(This is being written ahead of time for Five Minute Friday. If I can include the keyword, I will.)
(The word is STEADY. It's in there.)
There are tantalizing descriptions in the Bible; streets of gold, walls with gemstone foundations, choirs and music...
Which reminds me of a story I heard, about a man who died and went to Heaven. When he saw St. Peter he asked for directions to the nearest bar.
"Sorry," said Pete. "Don't have those here."
"Well, OK," said the man. "How about a pool hall?"
"None of those either."
The man was getting exasperated, and asked "Well, what DO people dp here?"
"Well," said St. Peter, "the morning is for worship...in the afternoon there's Bible Study, and praise choir in the evening."
The man said, "You've got to be kidding...this is NOT what I expected Heaven to be!"
St. Peter put his hand on the man's shoulder. "Son, for everyone else, this is Heaven. For YOU...you're in hell."
But I digress.
My thought is that the Biblical descriptions are meant to convey something utterly indescribable to an audience that needs a description.
Kind of like atomic physics...we think of the things that make up atoms...protons, neutrons, and electrons...as being little solid balls whirling madly around each other. But they're not...atoms are made of things that can be broken down still further, and the floor you're standing on, which you think of as solid, is really made up of energy binding itself into a coherent shape. A typical atom is 99.999999999999% empty space. What you call a solid is really an energy field. Like in Star Trek. Feel an unsteadiness in your footing, suddenly? Does it help to know that you are effectively a force field, too? Engineered by God, not Starfleet.)
And that, I think is a good way to look at Heaven...something that is so far beyond our experience that we can't really grasp its reality.
But that's all physical. I think that the essence of Heaven can be found right here, and it's something we can understand now:
By the way, I was recently honoured by an invitation to write a guest post for Bronwyn Lea's blog...I'd be thrilled if you took a look by clicking here.
Still hoping to get the new and improved version of Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart up and running in the near future. Just haven't had the energy to do it yet...but if you would like to read it, please say so in your comment and I'd be glad to send you a PDF (which should fit your Kindle).
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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