The language of Eden is hope, love, connection, trust, joy, kindness, enjoyment. But it’s not just about being nicey-nicey to each other, it’s up for big tasks. It’s ready for science and math; naming all of the animals is no small endeavor, though we’ve reduced it too often to the stuff of children’s books.
On this side of the fall, the language of Eden Lost is fear, doubt, hurt, disappointment, betrayal, cheap thrills. It distracts us from how far off the mark we’ve gotten.
Happy Mind Resort …this way! Or is it? It’s an all too common story that we’ve gotten ourselves turned around, going in the wrong direction. Whether with our defensive responsive to one another, a go-to number for the pain, or blatant sin. We’ve all been there, done that.
As this sign so aptly represents, it’s all upside down.
But it doesn’t have to be. Lent is the time for reflecting. A spiritual gut check when we inventory where we see God at work, where we hear a “well done” or a “let’s look at how that might have been handled differently,” where we are reminded, it won’t always be like this. And we see glimpses of Eden Regained.
Happy Mind Resort … this way. I don’t believe that heaven is going to be one big resort in the sky. That sounds boring and God is anything but boring. Happy? YES. Will we use our minds? Yes, yes, yes. I try to picture what books will be like in heaven, will there still be subplots that have pain?
We won’t be turned around. We won’t be tongue lashing each other. We won’t use our words like weapons.
Do I hear an amen?!
Q4U: Where have your interactions gotten turned around? Where can you get back to your true native language?