There Will Be Unicorns In Heaven

November 10, 2011

Well, hello! I am so happy you’re here! Let’s chat.

Yesterday I got to spend some time with my friend Suzanne. She is an awesome writer and it was so fun to chat about writery things. We challenged one another to be entrepreneurs in the Craft of Writing. Actually, we didn’t do that, but we did drink coffee and smile at her baby and talk about all the books we want to write someday.

So the day started out great, but unfortunately it ended in anguish. This is because my friend Kristy and I went to a Body Pump class at the gym last night. Umm, Body Pump is a weightlifting class in which you use real barbells and barbell plates and do that weird move like you see on the Olympics when someone is trying to lift a million pounds over their head.

Kristy and I did not so much look like that guy for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s hard to look quite that impressive when you’re only lifting a total of ten pounds. Secondly, we forgot our weightlifting gloves so we did not want to get too risky. Finally, by about halfway through the class, I was mainly just watching other people while I pretended to lift my bar because my arms hurt, you guys. Out.Of.Shape.

My friends Lauren and Kim and I met for drinks the other day and we started talking about heaven. We decided it will be good times.

Right now, we all go through times of discontent and unhappiness. People around the world suffer from hunger, disease, violence and danger. We’re all affected by the pain of loss, rejection and loneliness. No matter what stage of life we’re in, we decided, we’re always wanting something different, something more. The earth groans. The rocks cry out. Every part of creation knows that something is broken.

But heaven. Heaven will be so good. God will repair and restore and make new. He will satisfy everything with his redemption, and those who have accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation will finally worship him as he deserves.

I used to think that heaven would be boring because we’d have to just sit around and sing a lot. But I don’t think that anymore. I think heaven will be like Isaiah 65 and Revelation 21 describe it. A restored earth, renewed bodies, reclaimed joy for relationships, work and fellowship with God. Our worship won’t be in just songs — it will literally be in everything we say, think, do. All of it, everything will be worship to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I found this when I Googled "heaven." Oh, Charlie.

I think heaven will be things we recognize but so much clearer, so much better. It will be like it was meant to be in Eden, before all was broken. The picture we get in the beginning will be restored in the end.

In the final Chronic(what?)cles of Narnia book, The Last Battle, the old Narnia is destroyed, but Aslan creates a new one — better than the one before. This new place is like the old, but things are set right. I think the unicorn sums it up best (unicorns are so wise):

The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked like it meant more. I can’t describe it any better than that: if you ever get there you will know what I mean.

It was the unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed, and then cried: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia so much is because it sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee! Come further up, come further in!”

Further up. Further in. I can’t wait.

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9 Responses to “There Will Be Unicorns In Heaven”

  1. ashley said

    I did Body Pump on Tuesday. Here are my thoughts:
    1. Why are so many women 50+ wearing weight lifting gloves?
    2. About 10 minutes later I had blisters, so who’s the fool now?
    3. Weight-lifting to music means waaaay too many reps per song.
    4. I literallly couldn’t lift the blow dryer this morning. I’m using literally like I’m Rob Lowe.
    5. In about a week I should be healed enough to go back.

  2. denisemorris said

    Ashley — these are all very valid points. I’ve done Body Pump a couple of times and realized I’d much rather use the free weights than the barbell. I don’t like em. Literally like Rob Lowe. It’s rough.

  3. Kristy said

    Guys, let’s be real here. I can’t even hold my phone up to my ear. Literally. (In the Rob Lowe sense and in the sense that I literally can’t.) I’m pretty sure I should take off work and stay home and cry.

    Also, I had wise and intelligent thoughts about heaven to say to you, but I have forgotten them because I tried to lift my bagel and strained my arm.

  4. dawn heckert said

    i love unicorns in heaven.

  5. denisemorris said

    Kristy — you are killing me! Hahahah. We have Turbo tonight — you have to get prepared.

    Dawn — they bleed silver.

  6. Anonymous said

    Denise, you don’t know me but we have so many mutual friends. And I love this. It was so encouraging to me today in the midst of pain. Thank you.

    Love,
    Claire

  7. denisemorris said

    Thanks, Claire!!

  8. I am seriously looking forward to heaven: Working out — if we do any of it — will be tons of fun.

    But seriously, I really wanna go to heaven.

  9. Emily said

    Is there really gonna be unicorns up there??? What about animals???? Please answer a yes or no!

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