Like Heaven?

Just recently I finished the very controversial book LOVE WINS by Rob Bell. Lee Anne had read the book and mentioned things that got me intrigued. Took me a while to start the book and even longer to actually finish it. In the book Bell seeks to open a discussion for anyone interested on the often misunderstood and heated topic of heaven and hell. My struggle with these ideas started early in life, largely due to my¬†tendency¬†toward using stories to understand life. Our understanding of these “places” and the stories they create in our hearts do a lot to arrange the way we live.

Heaven and Hell: these two words bring to mind everything from babies with wings to large hairy biker guya.

Is this heaven or hell?

When driving the other day (ok I drive a lot every day) a song came on and for some reason I got this vision of humanity having a HUGE dance party with singing and music. A wedding cake style stage was rotating with children of all colors, nationalities and ages singing with the kind of enthusiasm that kids have when they love the person they are singing about. Circle upon circle of break dancers and pop-lockers surrounded the stage, all doing the kind of moves reserved for the Red Bull final rounds. Then instruments from saxophone to guitar marched around the whole event, hitting every note to the rhythm of the dancers. From out of view, came old men running into consecutive hand springs and flips across the front and back of this dancebration.

Without reason I turned, in my mind, to the right and caught the Messiah watching this whole thing with me.

He was smiling.
I was crying.

Then it struck me, this whole thing. All of humanity celebrating and creating this blend of musical dance party was the ONLY appropriate response to what He did for us. And He loved every moment, His smile was like seeing all the best moments of your life – only much, much better.

Could this be like Heaven?

Giving thought to heaven and what it means that our Savior said the Kingdom of Heaven is here makes a HUGE difference in the way everyday life is lived.

Today my love

Today… you bring me peaceful satisfaction that only a Beautiful Creator could have dreamt up. His imagination for us is wild and adventurous, even in moments that feel common He is fusing me heart and soul to you… which is a miraculous thing to behold. Even though I have nothing to confess today (beyond my weakness and His strength), I know that the enemy is waiting for a chance to break our connection and steal our love away from each other. Pray that I would fight for us until death severs our earthly connection and bring us before His glorious face.

Sun breaking over horizon

Today… as I look out over the next few years we are only beginning to see the work He is doing. Paying off our debt and breaking free from materialism are just glimpses of the things He has planned. Our marriage is supposed to be a picture of redemption, from Christ to his bride. That story will be told and retold as we walk through different stages of life.

Today… I am grateful for your love and content with my life.