Have you heard the expression, "the mind is a terrible thing to waste?" This saying is probably true in regards to expanding one's intellectual abilities, but what about the vast possibilities one has to drift away and explore God's other adventures of the mind.
I do not get many opportunities to leave my home due to a physical disability; however, I have been to marvelous places, even Heaven, in my mind. Heaven is not a place easily imagined, but the Lord allows me insight to a beauty and peace that calms my earthly troubles. Skies a shade of blue not found in a box of crayons, clouds that resemble magnificent angels containing not a hint of rain, and temperatures so perfect that the sweat of summer or the chills of winter are of a distant past.
I picture myself sitting in soft, well-manicured grass with a great book from God's own library. The grass smells freshly mown, but no one had to do the chore. Blissfully, there are no allergies to send me scrambling for a clean tissue or my allergy medication. The trees provide shade for ambiance, as the sun does not burn and is not too bright; the nearby stream is perfect for dipping one's feet. Gentle, beautiful animals surround me some nibbling the grass, some dozing. Pets from my former earthly world are the closest, nudging my hand for the familiar touch of long ago. This vision is most popular during our cold and dreary winter months.
The hot, humid summers provide the get-away to regal mountain vistas. The snow is brilliant on these mountaintops without a trace of frost to numb my body. Tree branches and bushes are twinkling, ice prisms of color; myriads of color that reflect into the sky bouncing back to surround everything below. Angel's voices, in song, rise up from ground to lift me up and over the mountains the view breathtaking.
When I close my eyes, I ask my Lord to allow me entrance into these exquisite dreams, to drift to my heart's content. He grants my prayer, and I find what I need to get through another day. These visions are only as vibrant as the human mind can muster, but I know the Lord colors these dreams with His love and compassion. Drifting away not only increases my longing to be with Christ, without it, I would not be able to appreciate the world He has provided for all of us. Take a break from your daily routine; allow God the opportunity to take you to a place where you can find peace, beauty, joy and perfect contentment. Embrace the adventure.