The Kingdom of Heaven is like this….
When my son was 6 years old, we were booked to take a cruise – me, him and his 12 year old sister. When he heard we were going to be on a boat for 7 days, he refused to go. I told him how amazing the ship was, but he insisted I was not going to bring him. He knew what a boat looked like, and he was not about to climb on one for a whole week. The day we were to leave, he cried the whole way to the port. When the ship came into view, I pointed to it and said “there it is!”
It was evident, he was visibly impressed and thoroughly surprised at what he saw. This wasn’t at all what he thought.
My son looked at me skeptically, but I had his attention. He walked to the ship with me, asking questions. He still said he wasn’t going, but he told me he wanted to see it up close. We walked into the loading area and over the gangplank. Walking into the atrium, he was awestruck. Soaring glass elevators were whisking people up 17 stories, and he was mesmerized by the glittering lights, beautiful flowers and amazing food. He looked at me and asked “What is this place?” And I told him – “THIS is the boat”.
He couldn’t stop taking it all in, but and said “Why didn’t you TELL me it was like this?”
Of course, I had told him. But he couldn’t get past his idea of what a boat looked like, no matter what I said. He had to experience it for himself.
I talk to people about God every day. And most often, they look at me and say “No, Regina, I’m not going on this ride. I KNOW what God looks like.” They cite the hypocritical believers, the religious judgement, the time they prayed and prayed but their loved one died anyway; the time they asked God for help and didn’t think they got it. I talk to them, but they have their idea of God, and they can’t get past it.
Until one day, when He comes into view, and I point and say “THERE He is!” They take a step and find themselves immersed in beauty and awe and they say “What IS this?” and I say “THIS is God.”
The reality is, a relationship with Him is far more spectacular, far more luxurious, far more miraculous than any preconceived notion you’ve ever had.
Even if you think you know God, if you are not completely awestruck by Him, you simply haven’t made it across the gangplank. If you refuse to seek… to get close …to take the step – you will never know. And you will always think that God is something so much less than He is.
Please don’t miss Him. Those of us telling you how spectacular the ship is? It’s because we have been on it. And we know you’ll love it, if you’ll just agree to the journey.
Matthew 13: 4 Jesus said “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. And again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.