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  • Ayanna A.

The Parade.

Updated: May 9, 2021

Two brothers wanted to watch the parade but were given strict instruction from their mom to stay within the boarders of their yard. So they watched from the inside of their backyard fence. Jamal was several years younger than his older brother James, so while James could view the parade unobstructed, Jamal was left to view the parade view the cracks in the wood plains of the fence that surrounded their yard.

Jamal strained but he could only make out pieces of the larger picture— a color of ribbon attached to a float quickly flashes by, bright colored fabric and shined black shoes move in step as the marching band marches on, a shiny red convertible car zips drives through their block.

Jamal became confused when James described what he saw. He couldn’t imagine what James was saying given the hazy view he had peering through the fence.

I feel like that’s a lot of what spirituality and a relationship with God is like on this side of heaven.

When we think about life circumstances of ourselves or others only through the lens of here and now, it never makes sense. It’s easy to get confused trying to reconcile faith and belief with suffering, pain, loss, injustice, etc. How can a God of power, justice, and love allow X, Y, Z to happen…

But the key is our perspective.

He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

There is such a way to live with our feet on the ground of the world, and a sense of eternity in our hearts.

I’ve had the privilege to fly on many airplanes in my lifetime. The times when it is cloudy or raining at take off, it never fails that at some altitude the airplane breaks above the layer of clouds and lo and behold— the sun is shining. Serenely. Almost with no awareness of the storm brewing beneath.

We can grow to see things from our big brother’s perspective.

Jesus is our bigger brother in Christ. As we allow God to shape our thoughts, renew our mind and conform our perspective to look like his, we “grow up” in Christ. Akin to Jamal gaining the inches he would need to see as James could see, we can grow up so that we can begin to sense and live out of the reality of the great victory parade of heaven.

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Ephesians 4:13

Because truly heaven is celebrating the victory that has been won by the Lamb that was slain before the foundations of the Earth. There is no defeat there, no crying, no darkness and no shadows in heaven. Only light. Those in eternity know what already is done and live in the reality of the victory of the authority of Christ.

Here on earth, this world is full of shadows. If we only see through temporal lenses of this world we will get discouraged.

But if we chose to see through eyes of faith, we can experience the light and glory of heaven on earth.

Photo credit: Daniel Edeke @ Pexels

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