Mike Wilkerson has written an interesting post on on what it will be like to “rest” in heaven. Drawing on C.S. Lewis’ description of the future in The Last Battle, he argues that our “rest” will be like forever exploring “farther up and further in.”
In the final chapters of The Last Battle, amidst that final battle in front of the barn around which much of the story revolves, the children passed through the barn door. They went in expecting death, but, on the other side, they found a new world instead. It was beautiful, unlike anything they’d seen, and yet at the same time it was familiar. Eventually they recognized it: this was in fact Narnia, the real Narnia, remade into what Narnia was always supposed to be, only somehow more real and more beautiful.
A unicorn beckoned them explore—“Come further up, come further in!”—and then sprang forward in a great gallop. They followed in amazement and delight. And then, “the most strange thing happened.” They all found that they were running—fast enough to keep up with the unicorn, without tiring! And so they ran, exhilarated, through one gorgeous vista after another.
When I read this something in me shouts: “Wait! Slow down and enjoy this! Rest already!” If you’ve ever watched children on Christmas morning, you might have felt a similar apprehension as they tear feverishly through their presents. In their excitement, they can’t seem to slow down. But you know there will soon come an end to the presents, and the faster they go, the sooner that end will come, and then will come, perhaps, some disappointment that it’s all over.