As I was working out today, an interesting question popped into my head. “Is heaven, heaven if God is not there?” And it has stuck with me pretty much the whole day. I’m thinking this is something that God wants me to mule over and answer. So here it goes:
I guess to answer this question; I have to really be honest about what excites me about heaven. The scriptures describe heaven as a place of perfection; no more sin, hate, pain, etc. Also according to scripture we will have glorified bodies, which if they’re anything like the body Jesus had after he resurrected, than well be able to fly, pass through walls, and teleport. Talk about superpowers heh? So yeah, I guess all that is cool and exciting. But one of the things that scripture mentions about heaven is that God is going to be there, and that His light will Illuminate Heaven so that heaven won’t need a sun or a moon. Moreover, there won’t be any darkness…ever. So if heaven’s light source is God, than it would stand to reason that if God was not there, heaven would really not be heaven. However, I think this question is deeper than that. I think what God (I believe its Him that’s popped this question into my head.) wants to know is, what exactly attracts me about heaven….actually more like, what really is heaven for me?
Like I said, I have been meditating on this question pretty much the whole day and I have come to the conclusion that heaven really is not heaven if God is not there, not because Heaven needs God for light, but because the whole draw/appeal of heaven is God himself. Yeah, it’s cool that well have glorified bodies. And it’s also cool that sin won’t be there (very cool indeed), or evil, or imperfections. But honestly, the coolest thing of all is that God himself will be there. That is what I have been longing for all this time; to see Him, to be with Him, to feel Him, hear Him, talk with Him as a man talks to a friend, to joke around and yet be in awe of how awesome He is. God is the source of my expectation of heaven. Everything else is like icing on the cake. And if Paul is correct (which I’m sure he is :)) then that icing is beyond anything I can ever imagine while here on earth. But even so, if God was not there, I much rather be where God is.
When I think about heaven (and I’m really not exaggerating here), I think about running to God and embracing Him. Honestly, that’s the picture I have in my mind of heaven. As cool as everything else is, I really could care less because what I really want is God. I don’t say this to sound super spiritual or something like that. I say this because it’s really how I see heaven. Honestly, I can’t wait to see Him! (and before someone says something, I’m not suicidal lol). Oh to hear Him say “well done thou good and faithful servent!”….to hear Him say anything! Oh just to hear Him!!! And I also picture us taking a stroll through the beaches of heaven. Actually I don’t know if heaven has beaches, but if they do, you can bet I will ask God if He would be willing to take a stroll on the beach. And we can talk about….oh about everything. Ha! We’ll have all eternity and then some to talk about everything and then some. And His throne. Oh man, this part frightens me a bit. I mean, I get chills reading the description of it in Revelation; so awesomely huge and in the midst of creatures full of eyes and several wings. And the thunder and the lightning…..and Solomon thought he had a cool throne, lol. But Im sure that as a new glorified being, I will be able to see it and not be terrified. Oh man! How cool is going to be to see God! And of course, it’s going to be cool to see everyone else too. But God….oh yeah, Heaven is Heaven only because of Him…..nothing more, nothing less.
Juan Castillo Jr.