“Surrounded by Your Glory, What will my heart Feel? Will I dance for You Jesus, or in awe of You be still?” (Mercy Me)
I’ve always loved singing Mercy Me’s song, “I Can Only Imagine.” The song’s gentle melodies flow into powerful praise. Singing this a couple days ago, with spring finally here, I suddenly became aware of a new perspective: I am surrounded by God’s glory here on earth. I have been awed by golden sunsets and stilled by the vastness of the ocean. I’ve and danced with joy in the light of the full moon and fallen to my knees in the forest, breathig the breath of the earth.
It sounds a bit pagan doesn’t it? Yet, I am a Christian who loves Creation- like Saint Francis who praised brother sun and sister moon and preached to the birds and tamed a wolf with love- a bridge if you will, for those of us who love the earth and love Jesus, for those who see and feel God in nature.
If we are to honor God, we are called to care for, respect and nurture all of God’s Creation.
Pearly gates and streets of gold have never excited me. When I imagine meeting Jesus, I imagine a natural setting. Jesus lived outdoors much of the time. He spent a lot of time in simple dwellings close to the earth. Jesus went alone into the wilderness to be close to God, to restore his spirit. Heaven, for me, will hopefully be full of wonderful wilderness. We can imagine heaven, and we can open our eyes and our ears and our hearts to heaven on earth
What do you imagine heaven to be like?
When or where have you experienced heaven on earth?