Thoughts on Heaven…from the perspective of a barnacle.

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On my run the other day I just reflecting on how incredibly blessed I am with this new opportunity of moving to Colorado, leaving this lonely trap of a job and getting the go back to living the life I love. I feel like the sun has come out in my life again, I am so blown away by Gods mercies and just giddy with excitement for the future. Then I started thinking about Heaven…shouldn’t we have this feeling of joyous expectancy bubbling up inside of us for Heaven?

To me the most amazing thing about Heaven is the fact that we will never get bored! Boredom is one of the main reasons I live such an unpredictable gypsy lifestyle, I am terrified of being bored with a job, a place, or a situation.  Life is an adventure, with so much to explore, why should we ever spend one day being complacent? Mark Driscoll one said “the only thing worse than dying is living a boring life.” And I totally concur! If life were a menu…I want the sampler platter, and I want to try a bite of every other dish at the table too.

But in Heaven, I can try everything without getting bored…because everything will become continually more exciting as we go further up and further in  (Insert Narnia – Last Battle Reference)  There will be no day after Christmas disappointment, only the happy anticipation that comes with the Christmas Eve, and then it will start all over again! There will be new mind blowing adventures every day that will keep just keep getting better and better.  “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor 2:9.

But this is all pretty difficult to wrap our heads around when we think about life getting better and better forever and forever and forever…my mind gets exhausted even about thinking of eternity. And maybe even stressed out at thinking of only better and better options…what If I get bored with all the same activity’s only better options of the!? I had to stop and think about why I get bored….because over time the same activity that was once exciting becomes mundane. It’s that over time part…that we need a new perspective on. But think about it…time is something God created, just like He created, grass and trees and mountains and cows and you and me. You don’t have to look much further that the first verse in the bible to find the beginning of time. Genesis 1:1” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  In the beginning…when God started creating creation was the beginning of time. Our lives here on earth exist on this certain bandwidth of time…And our little minutia brains can really only think about time in the perspective of minutes, days and eighty year bandwidth of time on earth. (And by the way…what do we all think we are all entitled to the allotted 80 year bandwidth of life? I’m pretty sure a Sovereign has predestined out length of time on earth…some get 98 year, some get 27 years…many only get a few months. We can’t see the future and we never know when our time will run out… so don’t waste it, go do something that counts!)

So we know God created time on our present earth, and we know someday he is going to create a new earth. Isaiah 65:17 “For behold I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. (And Rev 21:1) And I think He is going to create new time on this new earth…maybe new time will be like Narnia time…we enter the wardrobe and live hundreds of years in the span of mere earth time minutes. “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8 Sounds a bit like Narnia time to me!

This is all still pretty hard to grasp…and I am sure my ramblings don’t make it any less confusing! Since my mind functions at about the level of a six year old, and I have to think of everything in some sort of an analogy. So think about it like this…our brains and hearts and bodies have a certain capability to enjoy our giver length of time on earth. But maybe we only have a very tiny and limited capacity for enjoyment, and maybe even the best things in this life are just a glimpse of the wonders that await us.  Imagine for a moment some being that doesn’t quite have the capacity to enjoy life like you do… think about something like a slug or a barnacle. A barnacle spends a few weeks swimming around the ocean in the around in the larva stage of life then, they pick out a nice hard surface like a rock or a hull of a ship and attach themselves to it for several years and die. A barnacle may have some capacity to enjoy their sessile (non-motile) lives, some may attach themselves to a better rock or have more plankton floating around their marine environment. Maybe some barnacles regret attaching themselves to a rock, rather than a boat…( so they could at least move somewhere!).  A barnacle may think they are living a pretty sweet barnacle life…and heaven to a barnacle may just seem like, more plankton, smoother ship surface and bigger better barnacle shells. A barnacle doesn’t have as exciting or a life as you…but does the barnacle know any better? A barnacle can’t even fathom the pleasures we as humans get to enjoy…A barnacle will never climb mountains,  walk a beach, enjoy a sunset, drink delicious wine, laugh with friends, or ski fluffy powder, because their barnacle brains haven’t been unlock to enjoy such wonders, they don’t have the capacity to even imagine such things.

So what if heaven is going to be a little bit like that? What if our finite little barnacle minds, can’t even start to imagine the wonders that God has prepared for us…on a new earth, in new eternal time…with new bodies and minds and hearts that have an new incredible capacity to enjoy an eternity with our Creator!? Don’t know about you…but I’m getting pretty excited!

 

 
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