Dreaming of Heaven – Article 30

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DREAMING of HEAVEN for Kids

 

Answers for the Kid in all of us, from 3-103.
A series by Amy Jo Roland on excerpts
from Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven for Kids epm.org

 

Will Our Anticipation of Heaven
Ever Disappoint?

 

Last week, I thought about how as a kid, I loved looking at Toy Catalogs and gazing at the wrapped packages, wondering what would actually be inside.  And how wonderful it was to anticipate those gifts.   Now, as an adult, while I enjoy recalling each gift very much, I have come to see them more as a bunch of plastic and batteries.  It’s funny to me that after all the excitement, 30 years later they have almost all broken or been discarded.  The newness wore off.  My interest faded.  Some of them actually became kind of boring.  Now I wouldn’t even want them.  Even as I cherish the memories, I realize that I moved on . . .

Could it be that Heaven will lose its’ luster after a thousand years there?  Will we tire of what it has to offer?  Will Heaven ever start to fall apart or be boring?  Is it possible that we would decide we want to move on?

Let me share an excerpt on Hell vs. Heaven that I was reading this morning from Randy Alcorn’s Heaven for Kids:  “The fact is, Hell is a place where everyone is lonely and miserable, where friendship and good times don’t exist.  Hell will be deadly boring.  Everything good, enjoyable, refreshing, fascinating, and exciting comes from God.  Without God—and all the good things that come from him—there’s nothing interesting to do.  King David wrote, ‘You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever’ (Psalm 16:11).  Just as without God there is no joy, so in God’s presence there’s nothing but joy.

“‘Won’t it be boring to be good all the time?’ someone asked.  This guy believed that being bad is exciting and being good is boring.  But that’s just a big lie.  (Don’t fall for it, okay?)  Doing wrong things doesn’t make life interesting; it makes life complicated.  Sin doesn’t create adventure; it creates emptiness.  You may have guessed by now that my favorite book series is The Chronicles of Narnia.  If you haven’t read these books, I really encourage you to.  Aslan the lion is the king of the fictional land Narnia just as Jesus is King of kings in the real Kingdom of Heaven.  So here’s my question: can you imagine Aslan ever being boring?  Can you imagine anyone hanging out with Aslan who isn’t totally excited to be with him?

 

“The stories tell us ‘Aslan is not a tame lion.’  He isn’t under anybody’s control.  Like Aslan, the real Jesus is creative, fascinating, and anything but boring.  You can be sure we will always wonder what more he has waiting for us.  As our leader forever, he has plans that will just blow us away!  I think Heaven is going to be full of great surprises and astonishing new adventures as we learn more about God and enjoy his wonders in a new universe.”

So I’m thinking that if Heaven is where God hangs out and He is so full of creativity and He loves all the exciting, interesting completely unboring things He has already given for us to enjoy, won’t His home be exactly that?  Everything I’ve read in His Word tells me that while He loves us and cares for our deepest concerns, He is “not a tame God,” but full of adventure, bravery and power.  Romans 5:3 (NAS) says, “. . . And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Unboring!  Perfectly satisfying.  Never breaking or falling apart.  Truly epic!  Alcorn makes me laugh about this, and hey! “Once we’re in Heaven, we’ll think we were pretty dumb not to have looked forward to it more than we did.”

 

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rolandfs posted at 2013-11-5 Category: Heaven