Friday, May 27, 2022

A Poem of Thought

 What I Will Learn


Mysteries in heaven my soul does yearn
The questions I have as time draws near
To this I can't wait what I will learn

Certain things, however, are not my concern
As to this the Lord has made clear
Mysteries in heaven my soul does yearn

From where I came to where I will return
This not a mystery for me to fear  
As to this I can't wait what I will learn

Here the sky is blue and the grass is green
This I know clearly is not a mystery
It's been the same since I came on the scene

For here I have aged to silvery
In wonder to how I'll be after here
To this I look to Christian history

Certain things unknown I need not fear
For mysteries in heaven my soul does yearn
As the Lord said, I'll show you my dear
To this I can't wait what I will learn
      ©Doris Elaine

Thoughts: Life itself is full of mysteries; but, more so is life after death. However, where I will be for eternity when I die is not a mystery to me. The only true mystery there for many is how glorious heaven will be and look. Although throughout the Bible we are told how heaven will be and even some have seen what is believed to be a part of heaven; there is no way for us in our current form to fully experience the glorious wonders of heaven. And about heaven!  Although, the Bible does give us all we need to know to live here and survive as Christians; however, the closer one gets to death questions do arise. I know I wonder about a few things. For example, where exactly is heaven and is there more than one heaven? The Bible tells us while giving thanks for His food  Jesus lifted His eyes upward in thanks. "And when He had taken the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven, and said: Father,..." (Mark 6:41. NKJV). There are many indications in the Bible heaven is upward towards the sky. "Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven...." (John 17:1. NKJV). After Jesus rose from death and departed from His final teachings on earth to the disciples He ascended (upward direction) into heaven. "....He lifted His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He parted from them and carried up into heaven." (Luck 24:50-51. NKJV). The Bible also tells Jesus will return to us in a descending (downward direction) manner. "...This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11. NKJV). Now, these passages do allow an understanding that heaven is upward towards the sky, but not necessarily how far up, nor how our souls will travel there. But, Luke 16:22 does give us an indication, on Jesus' authority, that we are ushered into heaven through the help of angels. "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom". God does send His heavenly escort to lead us home. On a side note on this; those that have had out of body experiences that led to a glimpse of heaven, will tell you they were accompanied by some kind of being. I can tell you this to be true, myself. As to how far up into heaven we will travel is yet another question and a mystery. However, from this particular passage there is an indication that heaven is vast and that one could easily loose one's way if not accompanied into heaven due the layers that exist of heaven. "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows-such a one was caught up to the third heaven." Again the emphases on UP and now, a third heaven. So, this third heaven begs the question there has to be a first and second heaven for there to be a third heaven. Without going much further into the mysteries of heaven, I ponder one final thing about this third heaven. That must be where the throne of Jesus and Jesus Himself resides. That the first heaven must be the breaking through of the clouds into the upper atmosphere and the second through the vast universe where the stars and planets reside. Although we are given many indications in the Bible of how heaven will be and where heaven will be, without actually experiencing it all the way to the third heaven-which is impossible in our current human form-it is all a mystery in our reality here on earth. However, God does give us all we need to know to live a good Christian life here on earth. Anything beyond what we can learn and know from the Bible-His Word-is just not meant for us to know and learn until our time to meet our maker. I am just in awe of all the glorious mysteries of heaven and can't wait what I will learn once in heaven. 

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