This morning it was nearly 0300 dark when I awoke. As I lay there I began to meditate on my favorite subject. Heaven. I often think about the occupants, the physical layout, the supernatural beings that are spoken of in the scriptures. The more I think on heaven the more I want it here. Now. I don’t want to go someplace, I want to be “some place”!
The way I came into the Kingdom was an unusual one. I had no Bible background, no God interest and no desire to know His people. That all changed in a grocery store in a little Vermont town. I was soon being taught about “going to heaven” as a place where no sickness was, no evil. When I would uncover scriptures that presented slightly different thinking I found they were pushed aside. In the beginning by others and over time by me. But my pursuit continued to challenge my understanding. I wanted to know “everything” but the more I studied and interacted with God the more I saw mysteries. (I have “studied” heaven more than any other topic in my life as a believer.)
In my immaturity when things were difficult or challenging, I would want God to “bail me out” or send an angel or two. And then I saw angels and I thought I just moved “somewhere I am not at all comfortable”. Life seemed to touch realms or dimensions that were spooky, for lack of any better word. And then I would become comfortable with an angel or a being only to have one appear that I was not comfortable with. One day while walking someone through deliverance, a manifestation occurred and I saw my life in danger. Only when the words “stop” left my lips did things change. I saw things that were evil and I saw things that were good.
And mystery…How did God walk with Enoch or Adam and contains the universe? What part of me is made in His image? My man-self or my spirit-self? “Both” or “yes” are probably good answers here. But can I walk in both? Do I need to walk in one or the other? Can I pick one?
Here I was at 3AM thinking of heaven and I began to think of the place of “no restraint”. I am not talking about doing or being evil, but the restraints of time, place, conditions and even who I am. In the “natural” or earthly realm we have constraints. We occupy time. We occupy place. But as I have learned I am a “dual citizen” of sorts. (That may be true but not truth…)My body may occupy the here and now but I am seated in heavenly places. And so, by lack of words alone, I relegate my self to this time and this space, but what about the heavenly place? Is that here or is that there? Is it the same and I do not see it? I am not just thinking on this to pass time… I am looking to embrace realms or dimensions in order to shape healing or visitation. (what if you or I are the intended visitation?) Jesus said the “kingdom of God was at hand”. Does that mean close, simultaneously existing?
We try to take heavenly experiences and put them into earthly existence, including words or description. But if I am truly a spiritual being can not my existence transcend height, width and depth? Does it not leave time in the dust? Removing earthly constraints. My early morning time with God and my thoughts say yes. And once I begin to see the ability to shed earth requirements and constraints, I see heaven happening.
Even our understanding of light(God is light) traveling tells us this. Sound(thunderings it says…) travels at 766 miles per hour under normal conditions or a mile in about 5 seconds. You can be at the fireworks and see the flash but it takes time for the sound to reach you. But when did it happen? Light is a little faster. It travels at 186, 282 miles a second. How long does an explosion of light on the sun take to reach earth for instance? About 8 minutes and 20 seconds. But when did it happen?
In one dimension those happened in your life but did not appear until just now. The explosion of a star may have happened light years ago, but you and I just saw it, witnessed it.
(My birthday is July 3 1955. Did you know my next birthday is Tuesday, February 7th 2204? That on Pluto I am not even a year old? Now if I lived on Mercury I would be 246 years old… Send me your birth date and year a pick a planet…)
That is only in the “dimension” we seem to be able to absorb. But what about dreams? Did my body leave? Or just my spirit? Is consciousness a realm?
We use words like dimension and realms to try and define “unreality” or mystery to make it real. We watch reality shows (That are not too real.) because people are “looking for the real deal”. And yet heaven is a reality that is greater than any other reality. Why? Because our current reality has deceptions and yet James 1:17 says Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. So for those in Him there is only light! No shadows, no deceptions.
Can you live there? If you say no why not? Keep in mind you are then bringing shadow and deception against the truth of the word and you are not living in the light! So how does one live there? I am not entirely sure. But like water that occupy three different realities; ice, water and steam, I think that supernatural living is really the embracing of a singular dimension or realm of God and bringing it into the constraints of time and geography.
I need a miracle in my body. Where does it come from? Does it come from my faith in God and His word, released though my mouth? If so, how does that work? I am not sure if I “totally” know, but I know it is possible and I know it happens. If God knew me before the foundations of time, is it like the star that exploded millions of thousands of light years ago? (Why does Venus rotate backwards from other planets?)Or is it all at once happening? How about,simultaneously His death occurred and His resurrection took place, only encapsulated here on earth over three days? Or…is there another dimension or realm, a reality we have not seen in full? Not another place(heaven or earth) but a reality that transcends time, space and geography? And if that is true, can we learn to live a dual existence or…could we experience that realm and live in it ALL the time? I am not the only one who experiences dreams or visions, so we know that there is a “undefined” possibility.
How long did it take for Philip to appear in Azotus? Was he there all the time? Might he have been?
I hope I created questions in your life? Opened doors you did not know existed. Do yourself a favor. Put aside your current theology or eschatology and experiment with your thoughts a bit. Provoke yourself. If you are black and white, add some color. If you color in the lines, let your crayon slip a bit. Do not confine God to a box. There is no box.