What does a little child see when visiting heaven?
Well, a little child, not daring to look around, keeping eyes directed downwards to the dazzling floor and the Steward Angel’s feet, was shown into His Royal Majesty’s dining room. Sensing His Royal Majesty’s presence and feeling very overwhelmed she was shown a large table and the gold and silver vessels were, well, in a state of disarray, some were fallen, sprawled drunkenly and some looked like they needed a good polish, while others were, the child thought in need of repair.
Normally children are very outspoken, but, this was heaven and this was our Sovereign Lord’s Dining Room and table; besides The Angel had seen the little mouth forming a large, big round ‘O’ that was going to be followed by ‘ What a mess!’ … and was shaking his head.
His Majesty knows all our words before we speak them, and our thoughts, well, even a little child knows that He knows those better than we do.
“It is rather a mess. I thought you would like to sort it out, put things in order.”
Now, when our Heavenly Lord speaks to you like that what do you say?
“Oh dear Lord, I can’t” .. the child said.
“I’ve never been taught how. I am sure i would only make it worse”
“Just watch my Steward very closely, and listen very carefully. Be sure to do everything he tells you”
Each one of you has received a special grace, so like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others. If anyone is a speaker, let it be as the words of God: so that in everything God may receive the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to Him alone belong all glory and power for ever and ever Amen
(1 Peter 4. 10-11)
Often things shown in heaven mirror things on earth. In this case, I think of the messy, disordered state of some fellowships, the upsets caused by some who think more highly of themselves than they should; especially those who know they have talents and gifts and are overcome by an almost frantic desire to show them off, rather than use them in service of others and under the direction of the Holy Spirit. And, what about the Table Manners of those who are still living with both feet firmly planted in the world? The quarrels, angry voices and sometimes downright foolishness of some all need correction by a wise and gentle Steward. If other than wise, if other than gentle .. matters only get worse. Children need gentle nurture, kindly admonishment to bring them on.
I post this in gratitude for all who have taught me with quiet, kindness and love, all those who speak softly, patiently as our loving Father in heaven does. And with thanks for the lovely, gentle teaching of the writers of the New Testament letters.
Scripture from NJB
The story from things shown to me, a beginner in the Kingdom of God
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