January 10, 2006
“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis
When I read the book of Revelations, I see that there’s so many descriptions of what I suppose is heaven. Well it seems like in heaven what usually goes on are things like this:
- People bow down in awe of God.
- People sing a lot.
- People cheer.
The quote by C.S. Lewis reminded me a bit of the book of Revelations and what’s important in heaven. Joy is important. Happiness. No tears. Fun. Love. Acceptance. Lack of rigidity. Flowing actions. Transparency. Intuition. Embracing God. Holiness.
It says that in this “new city” the streets are of gold (which if we were to take literally sounds like a terrible idea). I wouldn’t want to walk on gold! I love dirt roads and grass. Gold is cold, and I’m sure it would be a terrible material on which to walk on. No, streets of gold means that gold is of no worth over there. The things we cherish here on earth are not valuable there. Money, riches, stuff; just not worth a penny. Those things are the dirt of heaven.
Talking with my dad, he reminded me that the importance of that quote by Lewis is that we should not take it as something that’s going to happen “someday.” If we daily pray “thy kingdom come,” we are in a sense saying “may the things that are important in heaven be important to us here now.”
So that’s why we must think of good things. We must seek to be transparent. We must seek joy. We must do more singing and dancing (which seems to be a big deal in heaven) and try a bit harder to consider gold as the dust of the streets.