(Disclaimer: This is all predicated on the hope that I make it there.)
Heaven is a difficult concept for me to grasp at times. I’m a visual guy, with a pretty vivid imagination – so when St Paul says that eye has not seen and ear has not heard what awaits us in the celestial realm…well, sometimes I have trouble getting psyched for all the glory and beauty that heaven has in store. And if you think about it, St Paul couldn’t conceive of rocket ships or rock n’ roll in his day. Or escalators and bacon sundaes. So maybe his perspective was limited as to what he was telling the early Christians due to his personal 1st century experience.
But maybe not. Anything us fallen humans are capable of creating here on Earth will always and everywhere fall short of the great and awesome things God has created for us in heaven. And if it were possible – and I’m not saying it is, because I know it’s not – God’s worst idea for a heavenly joy would still be light years better than our besterest idea.
So we’re left with our limited imaginations to conceptualize God’s limitless creativity, and that’s a rather tall order. We really can’t do it. We are incapable of imagining what it means to be in total and perfect union with God; to fully grasp what the Beatific Vision is; to completely understand what Jesus meant that within His Father’s house, there are many mansions. I believe the “no more tears”, and other aspects of heavenly realities, such as incorruptibility – because we will have a bodily existence there, eventually. What that exactly means…no one knows.
But that won’t stop me from having a little fun and make a list of things I’d like to do or have just after the arrival of the New Heaven and the New Earth, provided I’m blessed to be a part of it (see Disclaimer above):
- A Millennium Falcon so I can try and beat Han Solo’s Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
- A fully functional TARDIS.
- Golf courses – gotta have ‘em. And golf carts fitted with kegs. Oh yeah.
- No hangovers (see golfing, above). Fairly certain this would happen anyway…
- Super-fast Internet – what, you think we won’t want to be blogging in Heaven?
- Of course, with the Internet, I’d need a laptop or an iPad. As long as it’s better than what I have now and won’t ever crash or get a virus…
- A jet-pack. Because I really don’t think we’ll ever get around to inventing something practical ever, and even if one does get invented, it’ll be regulated and legislated up the wazoo, meaning a regular schmoe like me will never get to use one.
- Junk food is no longer unhealthy.
- If animals end up being in heaven, then I want a velociraptor. Who wouldn’t want a velociraptor? If the lion and the lamb will lay down together, then me having a velociraptor should be a snap.
- Laser vision like Superman’s, so I can start bonfires with my eyeballs.
Now, I won’t be unhappy if none of these things come to pass (unless I don’t end up in heaven when all is said and done, and that’s a whole different thing altogether). In fact, I’d be as surprised as anyone if any of them do. Whatever God has planned will be absolutely perfect – and He’s had it planned since before Time began. My “wishlist”, if you want to call it that, is nothing more than a feeble and lacking attempt to put into thoughts and words what God has in store. It’s beyond my imagining.
And if it’s cooler than riding my velociraptor out of a TARDIS while eating Cheetos and then blogging about it later – you won’t hear any complaints coming from me.