“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”
This is a quote from the book “The Last Battle” by CS Lewis as he begins to describe heaven.
When I try to picture heaven or a life beyond this one, I always imagine freedom from the things that restrict and constrain us. With the absence of evil, suffering, fear and death, I see a place of peace, freedom, spaciousness and timelessness.
These just happen to be the four words that send me into raptures when anticipating holidays– peace, freedom, space and time. Just think, weeks without being confined by routines, bells, clocks, deadlines, regulations or expectations. Freedom to do anything any day. Time to stop and take a detour. Peace to think calmly and carefully, to sort and tidy. Freedom to make a special trip for one thing. Space to rest. Time to waste a little.
The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels. The picture of thistles pulled up and burned is a scene from the final act. The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father. (Matt 13:39 – 43 The Message)
How great to anticipate what lies ahead when all the ‘thistles’ are gone! Not just the weeds that surround and constrict us daily, but the weeds within us that hold us back from the freedom God intended for us.
In one sense, every semester’s end is a ‘harvest’ in our learning communities. It’s the culmination of everything undertaken – learning, growing, encouraging, persevering, coaching, enriching.
May these holidays give you a glimpse of heaven – peace, freedom, space and time, giving and receiving love, enjoying every moment as the gift God intended for you.