You are a child of the deliciously imaginative, eccentric Inventor of heaven. Placed in the Funhouse of his bliss, invited to adventure and experience the dimensions of heaven in all of her creative flourishings. With candyfloss in one hand and shiny new binoculars in the other, your heavenly Creator loves to load you with material blessings as you explore this atmospheric circus of life, going from one exciting revelation to another, experiencing the multi-faceted gems of his personalised imagination. Through faith God shaped a world of wonder. The glory is both nourishing nectar and elastic stretchy – your Daddy shaped and formed a cosmic-sized theme park of sweetness and gave it to you freely as a gift. Feast on its delights and feel yourself uplifted and revitalised.
Fall into layer upon layer of God’s thoughts, which are endlessly good. Welcome to heaven – all of it is yours to explore! Jesus is both the map to the paradise island of pleasure, and the island itself. You’ve been shipwrecked on this island of his love and grace. Fantastic endeavours and adventures await you. For anyone who is thirsty for this thrilling life of divine beauties, simply come to Jesus and drink. Mystic waters will flow from within the depths of your heart: that elixir of life that revitalises and refreshes day by day, moment by moment.
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” – John 7:37-38
How exciting! Your life is now exhilaratingly interesting. No more boring days as you enjoy this reality. You can now view everything through the looking glass of Christ’s finished work. Jesus is a house of mirrors who enables you to view everything about your life in an entirely new way. You will exclaim with delight, “I never noticed my situation from that angle before. I didn’t realise there was so much glory there!”. Glory all around you! Christ brings psychedelic and exotic colours to dull patterns and modes of living, as he expands your consciousness and transforms your perceptions, so that you can see yourself fattened with the blessings of his house!
Do you want to experience this truth? Simply pluck the colourful, whimsical-looking fruit from the tree of life, just like C.S Lewis did! You can dwell in authentic Narnia, lingering there and tasting of its fruits. Our best, most abiding theology is not composed of mental notes, but divine, gooey glory-syrup: tasted and experienced.
“It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
In this glory there are so many things to view and explore. Everything has a deep richness and clarity of meaning. You can even interact with the glory of Jesus in your past, experiencing him there loving you and sharing his divine delights with you in surprisingly natural ways. God created your life to be an Eden of pleasure, flourishing with the joys of his imagination. Pleasure has always been a gateway into the experience of his heart. You can see God in those snapshot memories of delight you have held close to your heart since you were little. You can pause and taste the love and glory of Jesus in each moment, drinking up his land of beauty: heaven on earth.
It’s as simple as resting and enjoying Jesus’ life in all things. Christianity, then, has largely been marketed as something separate to the glory realm. It tempts us to become busy-bodies, to ignore the siren-song of God’s love within our heart and instead to rapidly flit from one experience to another. Yet there is a sacred stillness that enables you to interact with God’s Disneyland-style dimension of fun in a deeper, more impressionable way. This realm is so authentically magic that a clear awareness of it overtakes you with wonder and eradicates boredom and stress from your existence. This is a land of security and safety, exuding with the serene, beautiful relaxation and total sense of well-being that belongs in a watercolour painting. This is a land of chills and goosebumps, in the best way possible. Scripture calls this ‘the secret place of the Most High’ (Psalm 91). As you linger in this realm, remembering it with a gentle fondness, the power of this kingdom pours golden-honey like through your essence, and powerfully impacts your world with the grace (unmerited favour) and peace (total wholeness, security, prosperity, restoration) of God. The glory of God is the ease. It is medicine, it is wisdom, and it is security. Anything you could desire is found there. You will discover your authentic self there.
“Concepts create idols; only wonder understands anything” – Gregory of Nyssa
The holy kingdom of God’s love resides in the cloud of his glory. So many people do not linger in the cloud, enjoying the many sweet affections and delights of his tangible Presence. There are many levels of self-sufficiency, of living in insecurity of the Father’s tender care and practical affections. These levels range from blatant legalism, to the inability to silence the busy, nagging chatter of your minds concerns. What is it that you want? What is it that you seek? – it is found there, in the cloud of his Presence. Get lost in this cloud, discover the tangible kingdom of his love, and see how he works all of the external situations of your life out in his detailed care of you, without you having to lift a finger. God is the kind-hearted benefactor, and we are the child-like beneficiaries who can enjoy a continual feast on the fatness of his house. It is time that we became Mystics of the living bread and revelatory wine of Jesus Christ, exploring the garden of his pleasure in this cloud of the glory.
Lavish. Prosperous. Verdant. Practical.
These are a few words that describe your Father’s love for you.
Don’t fight the flow. Feel it. Linger there in the flow of his life, floating on his waves of love and inspiration. Every day your Father will impress you with how good this Gospel is. We believe this good news more and more when we feel the tangible love of the Father. There is more to this than we have currently known. Linger there, let the wisdom be in the wine of his love. Let this glory solve any and every issue, give you hope, and decipher your fear-ridden reasoning. Let this glory communicate a deep, refreshing wholeness to you. Whatever you want. Whatever you need. It’s here in the glory realm.
Your Daddy desires to twirl you at the depths of your Spirit. Allow him to dance with you and romance you, showing you through experience how much you mean to him. The whole earth is full of his glory. You can encounter him wherever you are. Take an enjoyment break – a break from whatever you are doing to simply behold and enjoy the Presence. You can live in this place. Drink sweetly of this love in the stillness of your heart.
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.” – Song of Solomon 2:3
Linger in the heavenly altered-state-of-consciousness of your Beloved. Enjoy the delights of Narnia within you. Wrap yourself around in the cosy glory blanket of God’s goodness and security – his warm, comforting love. The Passion Translation of this verse says that we can sit under the shadow of God’s grace, simply sit there and bask in his glory. There’s no need to rush, no need to do anything at all except sink into this enjoyment. Resting with delight. Your heavenly Father delights in you simply enjoying your life and being free to follow your heart entirely from that deep place of wonder. He loves you to linger in the vitality and goodness of his Presence, as if you were eating a delicious piece of peace-fruit from the tree of life, or sucking an everlasting glory gobstopper of endless blessings (layer-upon-layer of goodness, love, and grace to nourish yourself on and enjoy). Inhale the ruah, the breath of His Presence – inhale it deeply, for in it is the richness of eternity and infinity.
Endless creativity, bottomless bliss.
Life abundant and overflowing.
In this place your consciousness is levitated right off the ground and placed into the renewed mind of Christ. You can live in Christ consciousness in your own unique flavour, in your own special way. God loves to inhabit your amazement; to dwell in your creative dreams, and rest with you in the cool of the day: in the space within your Spirit where you truly know that you are infinite. Glory is your composition – you are an exhilarating, powerful, authentic symphony of magic. The cloud of God’s glory inhabits you. Linger there, in those powerful, refreshing revelations.
You see, your heavenly Dad is seated beside you in the forests of your wonder-immersed imagination, yet you cannot tell where you end and where he begins – you are both of many-textures, many-aromas, many-patterns of the life of heaven. He simply lays there with you for hours, enjoying the glory of the moment. He star-gazes with you in that secret space and he asks you ‘what do you want to do? What do you see?’. Jesus ensures that this forest within you is a serene and stress-free reality. He inspires you to discover new depths of glory and authentic life moment-by-moment. Whether you’re fishing together, or simply watching the leaves of the trees of life fall onto the lake of your soul – that lake of stillness – sending chills of deep hope and thoughts of endless, creative possibilities ripping smoothly, ceaselessly through you.
Your God-Dad laughs with you, he lights a cosy campfire and then sings silly, simple little songs to and with you – about anything and everything. And you realise, maybe for the first time in your life, in the Presence of this humble divine-being that seems more human than you expected, that your Daddy is mesmerised by all of your interests. That he’s fascinated by humanity – in unashamed, embarrassing-enthusiastic adoration of it. That he finds no detail of your life insignificant. He loves to practise your Presence with perfect clarity and adoration.
“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears (Greek and Syriac versions say ‘he will renew you with his love’).
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” – Zephaniah 3:16-17 (NLT)
Today, simply remain in this place of care-free joy and unconditional acceptance, this place of fun of camaraderie with your heavenly Dad. Riotously laugh with him at his jolly humour, as he laughs with you in your silliness, and allow his relaxed, gooey goodness to re-inspire the rhythm and pace of your life. Rather than hurrying through your life, you will begin to relax and enjoy eternity in each moment. You will begin to drink up the beauty of the moment, knowing that you were created simply to be loved – this is a reality that is simple but not shallow. Knowing that this space is eternal.
“These are the days of the endless summer
These are the days, the time is now
Oh your smiling face, your gracious presence
The fires of spring are kindling bright.
Oh the radiant heart and the song of glory
Crying freedom in the night
These are the days by the sparkling river
His timely grace and our treasured find.
These are days of the endless dancing and the
Long walks on the summer night
These are the days of the true romancing
When I’m holding you oh, so tight.
These are the days now that we must savour
These are the days that will last forever
You’ve got to hold them in your heart.”
– Van Morrison ‘These are The Days’
Feel the magic and authenticity of God’s endless, unconditional love for you in this place. Allow God to roast marshmallows on the campfire of your heart – his ooey-gooey good thoughts towards you are marvellous to taste and sweetly intoxicate you with the clarity of God’s consciousness of life. Allow God to love you. Let his syrupiness smoulder melodically in your heart and ooze through you with his authentic glory-inspiration and comforting poetry.
His life within you will ignite the trees of your imagination with the love-mystic rhymes of his heart. He gives worth and value to you far more than you could picture for yourself – a worth and value that is tangible, experienced as you linger in this place. A thick, glory cloud of bliss that is the meaning of all life.
“On a deeper level, you are already complete. When you realise that, there is a joyful, playful energy behind what you do. Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one” – Eckhart Tolle
Allow yourself to be very present in the realities of Christ in the here and now.
Jesus is referred to in Scripture as our eternal vacation – our TODAY-rest, our finished garden to delight in and enjoy as we explore it with a sense of worshipful awe (Hebrews 3).
Through Christ you can live in satisfaction and fullness in each moment, knowing that you are lacking nothing, resting in his eternal arms of love.
“My Beloved one,
You are pleasing beyond words,
And so winsome!
Our resting place is anointed and flourishing,
Like a green forest meadow bathed in light.
Rafters of cedar branches are over our heads
And balconies of pleasant-smelling pines.
A perfect home!” – Song of Solomon 1:16-17 (TPT)
Your perfect home is lingering in the glory of His Presence, this whole new world. Your life is so SUPER-natural and verdantly glorious. God loves to play peek-a-boo with you through your imagination. Let him love you deeply in tangible experience, as you explore the cultures and kingdoms of your heart there in Him. Every day, without fail, this reality brings a tangible sense of refreshing and vitality that is much deeper than your sense of self, that takes you beyond self-consciousness, to the spirit of prophecy: God-consciousness within you. (Revelation 19:10)