Some people claim to be visited by heaven right here on earth. They say they’ve seen this world transformed before their eyes; they’ve seen scraps of God all over everything.
The serious Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards:
“The appearance of everything was altered; there seemed to be, as it were, a calm, sweet cast, or appearance of divine glory, in almost everything. God’s excellency, his divine wisdom, his purity and love, seemed to appear in everything; in sun, moon and stars; in clouds and blue sky; in the grass, flowers and trees; in the water and all nature; which used greatly to fix my mind. And scarce anything, among all the works of nature, was so sweet to me as thunder and lightning; formerly nothing had been so terrible to me. Before, I used to be uncommonly terrified with thunder, and to be struck with terror when I saw a thunderstorm rising; but now, on the contrary, it rejoices me.”
Illiterate evangelist Billy Bray:
“I praised God with my whole heart. I remember this, that everything looked new to me, the people, the fields, the cattle, the trees. I was like a new man in a new world. I can’t help praising the Lord. As I go along the street, I lift up one foot, and it seems to say, ‘Glory’; and I lift up the other, and it seems to say, ‘Amen’; and so they keep up like that all the time I am walking.”
An unknown farmer:
“When I went in the morning into the fields to work, the glory of God appeared in all His visible creation. I well remembered we reaped oats, and how every straw and head of the oats seemed, as it were, arrayed in a kind of rainbow glory, or to glow, if I may express it, in the glory of God.”
The moon is a sliver of silver
That fell on the floor of a carpenter’s shop
Every house must have it’s builder
And I awoke in the house of God
I know when Thomas needed to touch the nail holes to believe, Jesus said it was better to believe without seeing. But I want to see anyway. I need to see. A lot of us down here do, God. Sometimes we think we’ll lose faith entirely if we don’t.
Right here at my computer, gassing up the minivan, making phone calls, returning e-mails, eating lunch.