I bumped into this lady called Cathie in my day yesterday and we got talking about life, the unknown and all that sort of thing. I don’t know how we did, but we did. She had a question she was wrestling with. Where is Heaven? Is it above space or below space? It was only two in the afternoon and neither of us had been drinking but it was a deeply philosophical question. Where is heaven and what is it like? The Bible is pretty tight-lipped about the finer details of heaven, well about any details really. There’s no holiday brochure included with details of the pool facilities etc.
What we do know is that it is beyond our imagination – “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Corinthians 2:9). And that there is place for us – “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2). And Jesus, talking to the thief on the cross called it Paradise. – And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:42-43.’
So we are stuck with the prospect that it is beyond our imaginings. If we were told, we wouldn’t be able to understand. When my Mum died, the eulogy at her funeral included the fact that she loved a good party. The priest said in his address that he was pleased to hear that because that is exactly what God had prepared for her in Heaven. That’s good enough for me, I’ll take that.
And whilst we are on beyond our imaginings, God is so, so big that we cannot imagine him either, which will lead nicely into my next blog.