26th January 2016, Prismacolor pencils and Derwents on A3 cartridge paper
I saw heaven on Earth when I was part of a mission team. We lived together as a family. We ate together, prayed together, worked together, had fun together, and worshipped together.
One night, one of the team members played some soft music to encourage us to rest and let God renew our strength. We all sat in a circle on the beach, still and quiet.
Then the team member got us all to stand and she said now that our strength was renewed, we could keep going and keep serving. We’d received from God not to keep it all to ourselves, but to go out and share with everyone. She put on a fast, fun song and said she wasn’t sure what was going to happen but encouraged us to do anything.
We all spontaneously danced our own dances to God on the sand. Some spun around, some jumped, some waved their arms in the air, some ran, some danced with each other.
I felt no shame. I didn’t care who was watching or what other people were doing. I just danced and sang to God as we worshipped and enjoyed God together.
Another song came on and we didn’t stop. Instead we ran out into the water onto a sandbar in he darkness. We kept dancing, singing, praising. United. Community. Family. It was no shame. It was freedom, joy and gratitude. It was heaven on earth.
This is what I imagine it was like in the Garden of Eden when there was no shame. And this is what I imagine it will be like on Earth again one day when it is renewed and restored. We are relational. We need God and we need each other. But shame ruins relationships. One day there will be no shame and there will be only freedom.