This is the second part in a series on what heaven is like.
Today’s entry will be more imaginative than others. It is usually best to read and study the direct, plain meaning of scripture and avoid playing guessing games with the imagination but on the subject of Heaven that is impossible.
In fact the Bible tells us to use our imaginations because heaven is bigger and better than we can think. So with that in mind we would be misreading the Bible if we failed to get imaginative. The Bible’s descriptions of Heaven are simply too stunning and too incredible to make any sense any other way.
“eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
That verse is a direct challenge. It says our eyes, ears, and minds are too dull to see heaven. Our imaginations are too weak and our ambitions are too low. Think of the most beautiful or exciting thing you have ever seen or heard. Heaven is better.
It is better than anything that has ever entered into the imagination of humankind. It is literally better than we can imagine it is.
There is also Ephesians 3:20 which says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”
It says God can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or think. Heaven is not just better. It is immeasurably, infinitely better than you think it is. That is a Biblical promise.
The most beautiful scene in nature that I recall was on my second anniversary with Jennifer, in 2006. We flew out to Washington state and hiked in the mountains there, mostly at Mt. Rainier. We also took a side excursion to Mt. St. Helens, the famous volcano that erupted in 1980. St. Helens is still smoking a little bit, and we were there when the sun was setting.
The smoke rising from the crater, combined with the clouds and immense mountain created more radiant and beautiful colors than we had ever seen. The sunset extended literally all the way across the horizon, white hot in the west where the sun radiated, and yellow, orange and red in the clouds and smoke, all the way to deep purple and dark blue. Behind us we could see the looming towers of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams standing well above the clouds and reflecting the sunset back to us off their snow capped slopes.
Mt. Rainier was at least 50 miles away, but it is such a big mountain that it seemed like it could fall on our heads. Rainier is so big compared to other mountains that in the summertime there is more snow on the slopes of Rainier than all the other mountains in the U.S. combined (except Alaska).
That snow on top of Rainier and Mt Adams was so big and white it overshadowed the rising full moon, and it was so high it reflected the sunset back to us even after the sun had set. It was nature’s version of watching an instant replay of the sunset. It was still glowing pink, red and orange in the east on these mountain slopes long after the sun had already gone down in the west. The sunset reflected back so brightly that it covered the horizon a second time, and when we went back to the car I did not need headlights for a few minutes.
There was no way to take it all in. The entire sky, from West to East and back again was painted. No camera, no picture could ever possibly come even close to capturing what we saw. We kept turning around in circles in all directions trying to see all of it because our eyes could not see all of it either. Heaven is better.
No eye has seen…