This week I was with my four-year-old granddaughter. We were outside and she was playing in a patch of clover. I told her I thought some frogs might be living in the clover because it was cool and moist. Without blinking an eye, she looked at me and said… “There are no cool frogs in my world.”
Now the phrase “in my world” has been among her vocabulary for quite some time. We have started using it to describe things we want to do or have, and things we do not want to do or have.
Now, the phrase is a perfect explanation for how we live and view our own lives, and others’ lives around us. I believe a four-year-old world, should be full of love, innocence, imagination, and pure fun! And we, adults, could be enlightened at how easily children mingle their world with other children’s worlds. It is almost a secret community of acceptance and love.
But when adults, organizations, religions, and other countries try to mingle their worlds, the results can be disastrous. The process usually means someone else has to be kinder, give-in, and forgiving. Today “giving-in” is seen as a weakness. Jesus did not and does not see it as a weakness, and best describes it in his Sermon on the Mount.
The beatitudes are found at Matthew 5: 3-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
This perfectly describes how our attitudes should be, but when dealing in others’ worlds they seem to be forgotten. Instead our attitudes resemble a head on collision between two vehicles. Parts are flying in the air, smoke, and gas spilling onto the road and smashed- up bodies dangling from the windows.
Did you know that one day there will be only one world? I believe it will resemble a child’s world of acceptance and love.
It will not be the earth we know, because our earth will be annihilated. John describes the new world to us in Revelation 21:1…
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”
Why would there be no sea on this new earth? In Revelations we are told that the sea is going to be the source for the Beast. Good plan! We do not know where this new earth will be or even what it will look like, but we do know it will be forever. God promised Isaiah. We also know God and his followers will be there. I want to be there, do you?
I still have to wonder; if there will be cool frogs, in God’s new world?