"And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest."
God is so amazing. I was pondering this morning how many things that we take pretty much for granted, that really should astound us. I mean... children of God? And... immortality? And, the entire earth just to teach us? I mean, God's plan is so huge... the universe, you know? and we sit here worrying about whether this or that person likes us, or about something we have to do today. it's scary how narrow our vision is sometimes, don't you think? Anyway, so this scripture struck me today... I like, first of all, that the Earth gets to rest. That is nice, since she probably gets annoyed with us sometimes... hurting each other, abusing her kindness. And the audacity of "earthquake-proof" buildings. Scary. :) Anyway, I think it is just totally amazing that God is going to come down here and live with us. Don't you think that is cool and kind of wild? I am always in awe of the people that got to hang out with Christ when he lived in Israel during his earthly ministry... ate with him, walked beside him. Talked to him in casual conversation... and not that we don't do all of those things as well, but his physical presence just seems... huge... mind-boggling... to me. And then, Zion... the dream of a perfect society, the perfect community... but not just as in our earthly dreams, not just the ideal that we can imagine. I mean... God. God himself is going to live there. And we get to be part of it, we get to build it, put the pieces in place... build the foundation of harmony and peace that it takes. It says "which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made" ... which to me means that every good thing that we do, every kindness that we inject into the system... matters. Everything we do is building Zion, and creating the atmosphere and conditions needed for its continued construction. Zion comes out of us... it is in us, and we need to make it physically real.... by living as though we were already there. By trusting people when the world wouldn't. By offering kindness when it doesn't make "sense" ... by living as God would, and giving of ourselves, by loving the people around us unconditionally, and with no reservations. So, let's go out today and build a piece of Zion. Start the avalanche. Trust, love... give. People will look at us strangely, but who knows... maybe we'll get another recruit for the Zion planning committee. :)