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Topic: Astonishment (02/02/12)
TITLE: Liquid Love
By Marlene Bonney
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I was weightless, yet heavy with wonder at the liberating awareness that I was, for the first time, totally uninhibited. It was an incredible, euphoric sensation buoyed by a propensity of fluid love. Instinctively, I recognized God as the source of that Love and that He had apparently set me free from previous burdens, misconceptions, fear or pain. How astounding! Strangely, I did not feel unworthy of such attention, an innocence and purity of a child blanketing me with indescribable comfort.
There was no semblance of time, no conceptual feeling that I ought to be somewhere or accomplish anything. I saw and felt, but had no eyes or body. I heard and smelled, but had no ears or nostrils. I was overwhelmed by His presence and amazed I was not fearful of it.
The beauty of my surroundings was breathtaking and so marvelous as to be inexpressible, rendering me speechless. There was a golden tree off in the distance that glistened from pristine light in a multi-dimensional clarity that also pervaded everything else in sight. I desired to examine its shimmering leaves and suddenly, without anything but that thought, I was THERE, inside the tree’s branches, fingerlessly caressing a leaf and tracing its fine veins in awesome wonder. I lifted my eyeless gaze to see other magnificent and prolific nature offerings, lush with manifold shades and tones so beyond the color spectrums I had known, as to be humanly incomprehensible. Still, I was in no hurry to explore their wonders, mesmerized by this golden leaf that, even now at my touch, was turning from gold to silver to emerald to ruby to sapphire. Intuitively, it seems, I was aware that there would be all the time I wanted for future appreciations because they, and I, would be there forever!
“What a concept--always enough time and everlasting wonders to explore!”
Distracted by such knowledge, I smelled the unmistakable perfume of flowers wafting from miles away and was immediately transferred to a vast field of acres of wildflowers, exotic plants and vegetation beyond my imagination. I singled out a single bloom and instantly, its velvety petals encased my skinless, boneless body in a soothing softness so profound, so light, that I wanted to drown in it.
A butterfly flitted across my consciousness and I marveled at its nearness, so tame that it did not move at my touch, but rather welcomed it and contentedly rested there. I recognized other living creatures then, magnificent specimens of extinct species long gone, lions and lambs frolicking together, along with a bevy of other animals I never knew before. All of them were without blemish and perfectly incomparable.
Abruptly, other people appeared, and I recognized family members and friends, Bible patriarchs and fellow Christians, some whom I had previous connection with and others whom I was meeting for the first time. Their spirits mingled in perfect harmony and they welcomed me into their fold without any reservations. Stripped from physical traits and masks, only their cleansed spirits remained and everyone was uniquely beautiful. As one, we all turned and
Then, I saw HIM, glorified and lifted up on a throne. And all that I had seen here was as nothing in my desire to adore only Him.
“My child, all you see I created before your existence for you to enjoy. When you see My creation, you see Me.”
I slowly awoke hazily, trying to grab hold of the cobwebs of the dream, but they were as illusive as a rainbow. However, I felt refreshed at this glimpse of the eternal, which had only infused my imagination of things to come. I knew it was a foretaste of heaven and suddenly, my human existence was polarized with a reinforced confidence that it’s not about this world—it’s all about the NEXT. Even though I had previously known this intellectually, it was transplanted to my heart.
I could never recapture the ecstasy from that liquid love I felt as I lay dreaming that so permeated all life in His presence. Perhaps it was a vision, after all. Either way, it is a promise of things to come.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” I Corinthians 2:9
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