All God’s creatures, great and small, joining in a festival of song and praise; all God’s creatures contributing their every living cell and every breath to the dance of their existence – this is what heaven will be like!
I saw a glimpse of heaven; it was the harmony of the voices of humans and animals; it was the distinction of differences and a beautiful blending at its very best – all glory, laud and honor!
When we strip away our titles and accomplishments, strip away the advantages of our birthrights and drop the cloaks that define our lives, we are each unique and significant. We are pure in who we are. Striped to the basic elements of our nature, we become brilliantly beautiful. Shiny black hair and narrow eyes, blondes and blues, browns and greens, light and dark, soft and hard, it takes us all to make the symphony of heaven. Deep and strong, high and staccato, long and short, all the voices are necessary. Heaven will be a time of recognition of all our differences, a time to understand, and a time to be thankful. Together we will celebrate!
Oh my Holy God Almighty!
I can not wait for the purity of such togetherness! Unleashed and free – free from the critical eye free from the desire to be anything other than who we are, free from longing and aching for more, heaven will be the clear understanding of self as connected to other, and of all connected to God.
I am no more important than a tiny ant, nor is the king of great tribes any more significant than I am. Language, skin color, industry, wealth, poverty – none of these things elevate or devalue; rather each of these things are the boundaries and steps that make our walk on earth matter. In heaven we understand and appreciate this, and so we break into spontaneous song accompanied by the instruments that marked our time on earth. Finally we will see the meaning of our mortal conditions; and in seeing, our joy will explode into the vast infinity. In that explosion, God swells like a rising sea.
This glimpse of heaven came into my heart through the theatrics of the Lion King show at Disney World. The show demonstrated the incredible glory of God’s creations. The representation of animals and humans from odd and quirky to dignified and graceful was thorough and impressive. It caused me to reflect on the overwhelming diversity of this great world and to linger in awe over all that is here to co-exist with us humans. What really hit me, however, was how this tremendous demonstration was then mirrored in real life: during the final song, the cast members chose random people from the audience to join in the circle dance. The arena was full of rich diversity! There were family units that spanned generations; families from every color and nation on earth; and families of mixed races. Together they all danced in the circle of life with the hyenas and the monkeys and the king and queen.
We have the opportunity to taste heaven even while trapped in our human existence. God is here! God’s complete and absolute divinity hovers over even the most mundane details of our lives. If only we could stop and remember the mastery of all we encounter and give thanks for it, we would sail in the harmonies of heaven as the prelude to the dance of eternity!