Does anything else you do come close to the satisfaction and happiness of creating something new? How long will you do it? Here's what I think
WHAT WILL HEAVEN BE LIKE?
I often try to contemplate what our heavenly home will be like. Down here I’m awed at God’s marvelous, beautiful and complex creation. Sometimes I’m nearly overcome at the magnificent colors of a sunset or a view out across our beautiful Gulf. What must those colors and scenes be like in heaven, magnified by unimaginable degrees of beauty?
I’m often staggered by the splendor of the music I hear in our church, the artistry of those who play and the voices of those who sing. What will heavenly music sound like?
Surrounded by the love of my family and friends here, their warmth enfolds me in a way I can’t put into words. What will I feel there, when those I cherish, who have gone on before, surround me with the unconditional love that characterizes Christ?
How will food, one of the pleasures of this life, taste at the banquet table there, laid before the Saints? Every pleasure we have known here will be magnified and multiplied there. When I step across that threshold, I’ll know. It will be the greatest adventure of my life!
But, I do not expect to view heaven as if I am a wide-eyed tourist awed at the shining streets of gold, choosing which perfect fruit to pluck from the twelve varieties hanging in profusion from the trees lining the crystal sea. Though I hope to be immersed in those waters and feel what must be true effervescence, even that will not be how I will experience the real delights of our divine eternity. It will not be an “outside –in” sensation – rather, the opposite.
I think, perhaps, God has pulled aside a small corner of the curtain of our coming existence for us here on earth. If we view those meaningful moments with the greatest impact on our joy in living, I believe the excitement of creation will rank at the very top.
Whether it was placing the finishing touch on a painting we knew to be the very best we could accomplish, or as a teacher speaking words that opened a new understanding in a young person’s mind, or helped a struggler bridge the gap between religiosity and a true relationship with Christ, we reached no higher peak and felt no greater satisfaction.
There, as we become an integral part of God’s ever expanding universe, one so huge it boggles the minds of our best earthly scientists who have not even numbered the galaxies already in existence, we will be fully engaged in God’s creative process.
We will not just witness the birth of galaxies, we will be participants - not just tools in His hands, but a conduit of God’s creative power in the way He has used our hands and hearts to create beauty here and to help shape his kingdom.
The variety of tasks we undertake will be infinite and rewarding beyond anything we have known or imagined. Perhaps we will slip our hands inside the hands of a skilled surgeon, as he brings miraculous healing to a loved one not yet with us.
I think we will experience community with our friends and family in ways far deeper than any human interaction we have ever had, combining and multiplying the application of God’s power with them to tasks ideal for us, and part of His celestial plan.
We may work in concert with great heroes of the faith and experience with them the “eureka moment” when one more of God’s priorities has been met and we know – and feel – beyond doubt, nothing can equal our joy and satisfaction at having been a part.
We will work at levels of magnitude greater than imagination and at others so incredibly tiny and complex below any cellular or biological rank we here have even imagined existed.
In heaven, there will never be a “same old – same old” – never a “been there, done that.” Our existence will be ever opening to new vistas of creation and we will be fully, continuously, engaged, eager for the next mountaintop!
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!