Sunday, February 19, 2006

Happily Ever After

"Beauty is fleeting."

"All good things must come to an end."

"If it sounds too good to be true, it is."

Sage words for a lost and dying world. But everytime we find these maxims to be true, everytime their point is driven home in our lives, a little piece of our heart dies.

We ask ourselves, "What's the point, then?"

Our heart hardens through an instinctual desire to protect itself. Even those of us with faith... quaver.

We believe true enough that the wages of sin is death, but why must it be so? Why is this the world that we live in? Why must these platitudes mock us?

Truly, all but the most hardened of us really only want the life we were created for, the life that we dream about, the life that we have tasted in crumb-sized morsels, the life of a fairy tale come true... happily ever after.

One day.


WandaV said...

Makes you kinda wish you could go and shake Adam. "What were you thinking, man?!"

Your words reminded me of the ending in "The Last Battle" when C.S. Lewis was trying to describe events equaling a 'happy ever after'. I don't think we as humans can quite grasp it all. Our thoughts move along the finite world when you're talking about infinite.

Still, the thought of a happy ever after, the HOPE that is in us, is what gets many of us through the day. At least it does for me. I can put the winter colds, the cramped living space, the drudgery of parts of my life, the disappointments that seem to arrive all too often-- I can take all that and put it into perspective when I try to glimpse the infinite.

I know, I know. Too much philosophising on too little sleep. I'll step down, now.


codepoke said...

Amen, Ken.

This place is like ice cream with vinegar mixed in. You can imagine what it should taste like, but in reality it is just offensive.

Scot said...

Suppose I buy my son a brand new tricycle. I don't let him see it, but I tell him about it. I say he can have it if he cleans up his room. But, guess what? He doesn't clean up his room. So, he doesn't get the tricycle. Maybe it is mean, but he never gets it. Would it have been better for him to never have known that the tricycle existed? Suppose I tell him that there is a big boy bike with a siren in his future. Does that make things better or worse? Will that make his attitude better, or will he whine about still not having the tricycle? Is it better to know that a bicycle is out there and imagine how wonderful it must be to ride than to have never known about it? Does it make not having the bike that much worse?

Have you ever had the fear that you might not like living in heaven? Typically, I look forward to Christmas, but hate to see it come because opening the presents is usually a letdown and the feeling once there is nothing to anticipate is depressing. Is that possible in heaven? Yeah, I know the Sunday School answer, but that doesn't prove it for me.
We need downs to appreciate ups. Any story we like creates a crisis or dilemma for us to appreciate the resolution for the hero in the end. What if there were never any crisis? How could there be constant joy and we still appreciate it. Can you have constant satisfaction without periodic hunger and still enjoy it?
From what we know of the history of heaven and being with God, would being by God's side all this time have been one of constant joy? During Lucifer's fall? During Adam's fall? During Christ's crucifixion?
If you're looking to heaven for relief from what you are feeling, I hope you are not disappointed if it is just a more extreme existance with higher highs and lower lows than we have known here.
Which story of heaven appeals to you? Nuzzling in Abraham's bosom, or leaving heaven to fight over the body of Moses or fighting off demons to deliver a message?

I too hate daydreaming and hoping for better things to come only to be disappointed, but I can't live without it either. This is my training ground.

codepoke said...

Interesting, Scot.

I agree that heaven is not going to be nuzzling in Abraham's bosom. I don't believe God made a mega-massive universe just so that we can barely figure out this one little globe of sand.

That given, I see the discussion differently.

I think Adam was given the tricycle, but he broke it. We still try to ride it, but we keep falling off and busting our noggins. I am not so much looking forward to getting something new that I have never seen before. I am looking forward to what I have been given working right, finally.

My heart loves now. It just fails at all the wrong moments. I want my heart fixed.

DugALug said...

C.S. Lewis also wrote that the only way to experience joy is through pain.

Lewis concluded that only through pain, suffering, anguish, stife, and remorse can true joy, contentment, and happines be realized.

I am certain of God's promises and my faith was not bought with the lure of streets of gold, yet I yearn for a 'happily ever after'. I must conclude that there is purpose in suffering, but I must take issue with Lewis' conclusion.

Pain was not God's design, but man's. Man brought it on by his free-will, and it is both man and God that suffers from its consequence. We are promised through God's fidelity, a life of everlasting bliss, yet many of us sell our birthright for a cup of porridge.

It is because of this that Lewis has it all backwards. Coldness is only defined by the absense of heat. In the bible it says that light cannot dwell with darkness. It is light that defines darkness.

I am thankful that I will not 'get what I deserve', but I am more thankful that God's promises extend beyond our Realm Of Possibility.