“When we go to Disney you can meet some of your favorite princesses like Cinderella and Aurora.”
“Do you mean they are real? The stories are true?”
“Well, the stories are from long ago fairy tales, but you really can meet them. You’ll just have to wait and see.”
So, she looks up “how to draw” tips, and begins to write her love-notes…
Later that evening, my sister and I were snuggled up in the guest bedroom talking about the day.
“Deb, she’s so excited, and she doesn’t know the half of it. It makes me think about God describing heaven for us, streets of gold and all, and I can’t help but think, we’ll be so surprised and overwhelmed with heaven as she will be when she sees the Magic Kingdom.”
I’ve had similar thoughts.
As I talked about changing my “wristband” FastPass-Plus to include meeting Rapunzel, I said, “Can you imagine the line to see Moses and Abraham and the Bible’s other ‘characters’ when we get to heaven?”
Since giving Little One the news of our Mama/Daughter-Girl-Time Adventure, we’ve already watched “Beauty and the Beast” and “Finding Nemo”. We are certain to view a few Mickey Mouse cartoons soon since she doesn’t seem to be as familiar with him. And, I so want to watch Peter Pan and Snow White to be certain they are fresh in our minds.
If you were going to Disney World, I’m sure you would do the same.
Can you imagine how different going to Disney would be for someone who had never heard of Mickey Mouse? It would sure spoil their appreciation of details at “Be Our Guest” or “Cinderella’s Table” if they had never seen the corresponding cartoons. And, one would not go out of their way to visit the “Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor” or ride the “Mad Tea Party” if they had never heard of Alice or Mike Wazowski.
So, what about us who know we’re going to heaven?
The stories are true. The characters are real. And, we’re going to have the opportunity to meet them. Wouldn’t it be more fun to talk to Paul if you had read about his shipwreck in the book of Acts? Wouldn’t it be nice to not only be vaguely familiar with Noah’s Ark and the adventure of David and Goliath, but also to know the heart of the men, their struggles, their failures, their faith, and how God worked His plan through them? And what about the more obscure guys like Balaam and Lott, or women like Job’s wife and Hannah, Tamar and Rahab?
“I bet there will be a line for David. I wonder if heaven offers a Fastpass,” I joked.
“I think we might be waiting in line to hear the stories of the humble unknown saints who faithfully lived the hard and hidden life for the eyes of God alone.” My sister was thinking of people she had seen on her trip to India. Her words strike me profoundly. She is right.
Lines are a little different in heaven. “The last shall be first and the first, last.” The least of these, the widow who gave her mite, the humble and lowly, the servant in this world, will be called the greatest in that Kingdom. Maybe the FastestPass in the lines that really matter means letting others go first.
I imagine heaven from such a limited, worldly perspective.
What do I really know about heaven?
I know Jesus is there. I know I shall see my King.
Dear Seeker, I pray you are filled with anticipation; that, as you unplug the lights and take down your Christmas tree, something will remain: awe, wonder, expectation, joy, excitement, hope.
There are presents yet to be opened, Gifts from God, many of them tucked in between the pages of Genesis 1 (“In the beginning…”) and Revelation 22 (“Come, Lord Jesus… Amen.”).
You don’t have to wait till heaven to meet Jesus or talk to the Father. We have the Holy Spirit. We have the scriptures. We have prayer. In Christ, the ultimate FastPass is available. It’s yours if you want it. Get to know Him now! It won’t be long and we’ll be seeing Him face to face!