Friday, November 03, 2006

Grasping Heaven

A few days ago Skyler (7), Blake (4) and I tried to imagine what is behind the pearly gates. I don’t recall how the conversation began but we soon found ourselves finding fun ways to tangibly describe heaven using our 5 senses.

“What does heaven LOOK like?” Besides streets of gold, angelic beings, and mansions, Blake had glimpses of huge theme parks with Superhero rollercoasters. Skyler saw endless fields of flowers and picturesque places for picnics.

“What does heaven SOUND like?” Melodious song, much laughter….perhaps what we won’t hear- children crying. My thoughts of grandeur included me singing on-stage and in tune with all my favorite musical artists.

“What does heaven TASTE like?” Of course this was a fun one. A long list ensued of all our favorite treats. And the best thing there were no calories to be counted…..only in heaven, right?!

“What does heaven FEEL like?” Hugs were exchanged in a pitiful attempt to sense what it will feel like to be enrobed in our Father’s arms.

We were having such fun ‘experiencing’ heaven on earth when Skyler quickly did the math. “Mom, we only did 4 senses!” Pause…thoughts of which one we left out…. and then the precious discovery. My favorite question…..

“What does heaven SMELL like?” If you have read my blog for any length of time I am sure you know what my answer was. Well, it wasn’t enough to tell them I had to let them experience this glorious smell for themselves.

I ushered them into the kitchen and made them close their eyes. They were giddy with excitement not knowing what to expect. I opened the refrigerator door, pulled out the package and unfolded the opening. With the room now redolent of coffee beans, I envisioned the streets of gold lined with Starbucks coffee shops. “I’ll take a tall, skinny, vanilla-latte, extra hot, please.” Wait what am I doing…this is heaven! There are no calories so forget the ‘skinny’, and heaven-size is Grande! The icing on the cake…..it is free!!!! Hallelujah! (insert voices of angels singing)

My benevolent vision was interrupted with screams of “EWWW.....gross!” Skyler yelled in disgust, “I should have known you would make us smell coffee…..Come on Blake.”

Alone I stood with coffee in hand, my meager attempt to describe heaven to my kiddos gone awry. I guess we will just have to wait and see…..taste, touch, hear and smell! Until that unprecedented day, may you experience a little bit of heaven on earth for yourself!

14 comments:

Beth said...

You are hilarious!

Such a cute picture!

michelle arnold said...

I love it! Your kids are so beautiful, Michelle - inside and out!

Shanygne said...

I am in tears! I think I may do this with Emily...what a great lesson...

but I think I'll leave out the coffee part!

What a great picture of your beautiful kids!

kelly said...

Reading the first part of this I was in awe at your amazing parenting skills...to guide your children in a practical, fun time about heaven...wow...you are super mom. Then I read the end...now I can't stop laughing...envisioning your children walking away, shaking their heads in disappointment and you enraptured by coffee in front of the fridge.
Thanks for the inspiration and the laughter!

Ginger said...

Even though you don't know me..I blog with some of your friends (Beth, Kelley, Michelle A.) I read your page from time to time. This post was great! What an awesome way to envision heaven. When my 21 years old was little she used to think we needed to go through a machine to get there someday :) Your children are very beautiful. I read your web page and my heart was very touched. My daughter went to Kenya when she was in high school with Teen Mania. I will never look at Africa the same. She worked for David Hasz as his assistant for two years. I will be praying for your ministry in south Africa. Your video was a great way to see what you are doing and get a taste of who you are. Our daughter continues to have a huge heart for missions and it's exciting to see what God has planned for her future as she continues in short term trips.

karenkool said...

Skyler thinks coffee smells like hell!

Anonymous said...

What a great activity! I'm going to have to file that away in my memory under "Fun Things To Do With My Future Children".

By the way, Sky is turning into quite the little beauty! I bet Rich will have his hands full in a few years when the boys start lining up...
~Molly O.

Anonymous said...

Michelle,

You are too funny!! Coffee-your favorite smell? That's something I didn't even know about you. Guess your love of coffee is far beyond what I ever imagined. It got me thinking of what my favoite smell would be - probably chocolate or musle`, but then only you would know that smell since it's a family favorite recipe.

Yes, you continue to amaze me too. Keep up the good work with my beautiful grandchildren.
Mom

Ginger said...

Hi again...In response to your comment. Alicia was at TM for the past three years. She started off as in intern and working as the assistant to David Hasz, which she loved by the way, and then last year went on staff. She moved home this August to be closer to a certain young man in her life. Her heart remains close to TM and it's still a huge adjustment to be away from there. She has a hard time even talking about her connections there. She went to an Aquire the Fire as a teenager and her life was changed. After that she headed to China followed by Africa during her high school junior and senior years. I believe she was in Mombossa in 2002. My favorite picture of Alicia ever is where she is sitting on the hillside in Africa in her drama outfit doing her devotions :) She has gone on to do a few other short term trips with TM and talks often about her desire to continue. She loves the orient and left part of her heart in Thailand. God only knows what the future holds for her and her guy. Thanks for your comment...I will continue to read you site and for sure your web page. I can't wait to share it with Alicia.

Lily said...

Awww, they are as cute...Heaven would be me with all your children to hug me :)

Anonymous said...

I never thought of coffee in heaven but why not - abundantly above all we can think and ask! However, our new church building will be a little bit of heaven 'cause we will have, guess what, yep, a STARBUCK Coffee shop!! How do you like those coffee beans? Michelle, when are you going to blog about "Wee-Boom?"

Janelle said...

Darren and I smell heaven the same way you do. :)

I love thinking of spiritual things through the eyes of children. The simplicity, the faith, the expectation...what a great focus you're giving them.

rae said...

Awesome conversation. When I was young I was so afraid of dying and heaven and hell. None were a good option. I was a somewhat "dark" child though. Some would say I was a bit of a hypochondriac w/ all of my dolls dying of some disease or another. On a lighter note I love you're ending -- I'm all about heaven smelling like coffee!

gaylafriend said...

Absolutely fantastic and inspirational!

...and I love Karen's comment! She'a riot!