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Recently, there have been a few blogs about heaven, which is good, because I have a lot of questions about heaven.
There are a few things I think I know about heaven. One thing, that I will be there someday. Another, that going to heaven means going there for eternity. I know that God and Jesus and other believers will be there. And I think I know that when you get to heaven, all the things you wondered about and questioned will be answered. (One of my moms favorite verses...About seeing through a glass darkly...?)
Ive heard of people (including myself) getting really excited about meeting Jesus, and getting time to talk to Him and be held by Him.
How about the idea that heaven is a place of peace and joy, and no more pain or suffering or tears? I think I know that too.
I have to say though, that leaves a lot of questions. I mean, eternity is a loooong time. I once heard a description of forever. Imaging a brass ball, about the size of a baseball, hanging in space. Nothing touches this ball. No wind, dust, water, or anything that would wear it away. Every one thousand years, a dove flies by and just barely brushes this ball with the tip of its wing. By the time this ball is worn down to dust by this feather brushing, that is only the very fist millisecond of eternity.
Anyways, getting back to heaven. Maybe it wont seem so long because maybe it exists outside of time? Theres a thought for you science minded folk.
I think I know that a great deal of time will be spent praising God. Probably with music, maybe with dancing, maybe with chanting. Maybe just standing in awe? And probably, it will just be a natural outpouring. Something that we want to do and will just sort of happen because of Gods awesomeness. But cant you praise God doing other things?
Like, I wonder about... Well, a lot of times you hear about heaven as if it were a perfect place for whomever is speaking of it. For me, it would involve hundreds of books, cuddly morning times with my son, being able to burst out in song and not feel like a goof about it, and lots of chocolate. Ive heard of wonderful ideas of being able to enjoy beautiful nature and meeting up with departed and loved family and friends. Of having bodies totally healed and perfect.
Heres something that ties in a bit with that... I know that we are promised a room in His mansion with many rooms. And I know that He knows me better than I do and would be able to do way better than I could. But I wonder if I will be able to decorate it just for the sheer joy of being able to? Will I get to pick where my room is? I dont suppose it matters.
Heaven is supposed to be way better than anything on earth, right? But does that mean that things we enjoy on earth we will not be able to do in heaven because there is something better there? Like, I really like making spaghetti sauce. Or going out to eat. Or painting walls of a house. I like to garden. Is there dirt in heaven? What about animals? How about playing cards?
What about things Ive always wanted to do, that I might not be able to before I die? Like learning to play guitar? Or travelling? (Hehe, I know, travelling to heaven should be enough of a trip, right?) Or learning to blow glass? Will I get a chance to do these things in heaven?
Is it wrong for me to be asking these questions? Am I bringing heaven to a lower level by wondering these things, instead of trying to get myself all pumped about standing around in a white robe for eternity? Does it make me an immature Christian or an immature person to think that maybe I wouldnt like to go eternity without chocolate or a flower bed to tend? I know that there are so many things that are so much more fulfilling, so much better, so much more pure... Hm. I would give up all these things to be able to be with Jesus. That is not the question. Im just curious about what heaven will be like.
Yeah, I know, I will just have to wait and see. Any thoughts?