We want to know what it is going to be like before we get there. What or where “there” is doesn’t matter, we just need, want, must know what our experience is going to be! Current examples in my life of the “there” include new restaurants, potential universities for Carli, and potential “experiences” we can have on vacation. One knows that what will “happen” is yet to be, yet there is a compulsory thirst within to understand what others have experienced so that one can make an “informed” choice.
I understand the thirst within one’s soul. I can feel it and understand the change that happens within my mind as I receive the information that I so desperately seek. Yet there is a part of me that wonders about the information that I am receiving and the satisfaction that I receive from it. Do I really know what is going to happen? Am I that confident and trusting of others that I am willing to go in blindly? Other than an initial bias, what does the early warning give me?
In the blunt light of a new morning certain facts are clear. Carli has no idea what her experience is going to be however there are some basics that will help her make a more informed decision as to where she should go. Restaurant reviews can help one filter out locations that are likely to be “bad” but can never determine what will be good. Both decisions require follow-through and experience.
I have always heard that there are going to be “thrones” in heaven. I also heard that we each get a harp. While not finding any reference on the latter, John clearly states that “I saw thrones.” (Revelation 20.4) The irony is that they are used for those who participate in the judgment, not just for those present.
Do I know what I expect from God? Am I filtering my God choices on real information? Do I realize that God needs to be experienced? Filtering is never the final end, experience is just the beginning.