I want to share with you all a heavenly visit. I’ve never written this one down in any book, but it seems like the right time to share it simply because so many people are wondering about finding fellowship and community in these times. If you’re spending time in the heavenly dimension, using the “eyes of your heart” to see the very realm that Jesus, Himself, ascended to, then chances are you’ve wanted to connect with other people that are doing the same thing.
This is still a fairly uncommon experience, although I am happy to say it’s increasing every day. And, whenever believers are discovering, changing, and transitioning, it sure is helpful to be around people with whom you can be yourself. People you can share your heavenly visits with. People that will fix their eyes on the unseen things with you, and even be your cheering section as you peer into immortal life. And, of course, you can be their cheering section too. The point here is this: Having a loving, trusting, and supportive group of people around you is very, very helpful. Fellowship – the idea of Kingdom people meeting together – has been a part of every commission and every age. So, no matter what happens as we approach this big, cosmic transition, we can be sure that we will meet together and support each other no matter what else is going on. Reassuring, isn’t it?
Now, today, I want to share a story about meeting David (as in the Biblical King David) at his house in heaven. The reason being that this experience really left me thankful for how connected we all are, and how much we are a blessing to each other. It started like this…
I came to this rectangular walled palace, set atop a green hill. A river ran around it on either side before coming together again and flowing downstream. The center piece was a courtyard/garden that took up most of the space inside the walls. Surrounding the garden on all four sides was a spacious portico. (Kind of like the picture but about 1000 times better) To make a long story short, when I met David inside this palace, he took me around his garden and I saw many tables and booths set up underneath the vast portico.
David told me that once a year, people come from all corners of Heaven to have an expo (as he called it). They bring all sorts of things they’ve produced from the inheritance God has given them. The set out these wonderful things in their booths, and then they spend a week or so wandering around, visiting the different booths and buying or trading for different things. Then, at the end of the week, everyone realizes that what they brought with them was exactly what someone else was looking for, and what they were looking for was provided by someone else. Then, David said that everyone erupts in a spontaneous moment of praise as we realize how much we are all interconnected.
I loved being there that day to hear the story, even if I had just missed this wonderful expo. But, that experience just points to the same things I mentioned above. We really are knit together and every joint does supply (Ephesians 4:16). Therefore, don’t hesitate to find some friends with which to visit Heaven. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, or even mechanically scheduled, although consistency does help in this. Every week, our small community in Columbia, South Carolina meets just to spend time in the Spirit together. It’s a great practice, and we’ve seen enormous growth in our heavenly interactions as we’ve dedicated this time together. In some ways, it feels like practice for the next heavenly expo at David’s palace!
And, in light of the need for fellowship and community, we are trying some new things too. If you haven’t heard, we are hosting a beach retreat and training time in Destin, Florida. It’s a great way to talk and learn about developing a Heaven-centered community where you live, so don’t hesitate to sign up! The link is here.
many blessings to you all!