Friday, March 11, 2011


God gave me a stunning idea early this morning.  How many stand at the Grand Canyon or along the Pacific Coast or upon the top of Pikes Peak, turn to a colleague, and say things like:
  • Do you think I should paint my front porch dark gray or light gray?
  • I can't believe the tests Dr. Johns handed out in class!
  • Have you noticed the price of Band-Aids lately?

Why?  Because of the brilliant and thrilling landscape (or waterscape), one's heart is miles from complaint and worry.  Our souls soak in the wonder of God.

So where will this mood be all of the time?  Heaven.  Don't we imagine heaven in such splendorous array that we will spend eternity shopping it?  Touring it?  And don't we know who else will be there?  The unfair.  The cheaters. The adulterers.  The gangsters.  The Thieves.  Us. 

Yet, in our heart of hearts we fully expect to live there in tropical splendor.  What and who all have been in the past will make no difference; heaven will cancel every negative.

So would it be possible to live this way now?  Could we live on earth as it is in heaven?  Isn't the Lord's Prayer calling for a response to this?  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  Isn't this precisely God's call today?

If we live on earth as we will when in heaven...yes, I adjusted it to get you to think...why don't we begin again today?   What we seem to take on as to what heaven will be like is the fact we will no longer be distracted or ever shed a tear about another thing.  It will be heaven and we will be awe-struck at its God's radiant presence.

So how about now?  Do you want to look at the awe of God or at $3.50 per gallon gasoline prices?  Do you want to get lost in noticing the beauty of God right now?  Or, shall you just wait to get to heaven before you begin?  Shall we forgive as He insists or hold our grudges in the name of legitimacy?

On earth as it is in heaven....could just shift some major attitudes.  It helps me.

1 comment:

WC said...

Perfect timing. My friends and I are studying this exact topic today. Love you!!