This past Sunday at Athens Church, we listened to a message about how close heaven really is. Jeff Henderson, the Campus Director over at sister Buckhead Church, spoke about how heaven is not a reflection of this life as much as it is the perfection of this life. And whenever we experience a closeness to God through his creation — or anything else for that matter — it’s just a tiny glimpse of what awaits us.
So without getting into the actual theology behind what’s going on in this verse, I’d like to dedicate a few posts to pictures that typify the phrase “Heaven on Earth” to me. Here’s my first submission:
This is Mt. Kilimanjaro as seen from a rice paddy about a mile or so from our hotel in Moshi, Tanzania (Kilimanjaro region…obviously). Funny thing, none of us really wanted to go on our rice paddy nature walk, and look how it turns out. Surprise, surprise.
These kids were at the Kili Centre orphanage that we visited. And if I had half as much life in my heart as each of them does, I’d count myself lucky. Heck, I count myself lucky just to have interacted with them. Just look at those smiles.
This candle was the only light in the holding cell of a former slave market in Zanzibar. Sobering to say the least, and awfully symbolic with any Jesus/light in the darkness parallels you might find.
I can’t quite put this picture into words. Or explain why I think it fits. But at the moment I snapped it I felt so connected with it all, the sunset, these two girls and the whole of Africa. All of which are beautiful facets of God’s creation. And I will always wonder what they are running toward…or from.
There are so many pictures I could pick from the Zanzibar sunset, but I like the effect of this one with the unmanned boats saluting the sunset, awaiting the night and the following sunrise. Even looking at this picture makes my heart skip a beat. Marvelous.
What a beautiful creature. Such a mirror of God himself (see: many places in the Bible), beautiful, powerful, fearsome.
If I had to give this an official title, it would be something along the lines of “The Fingers of God.” It reminds me of the circle of life from the Lion King.
So that’s what I’ve got for now. If UGA wins tonight or tomorrow in the College World Series, I’ll put money on a picture from that appearing soon. Hope you enjoyed, and let me know what you think!