Lilacs – A Lesson on Heaven
We have a white lilac bush that we planted just outside a window in the living room. We planted it there because we knew one day that we would be able to enjoy their fragrance as we sat relaxing there. This morning my wife opened that window and what a lovely reminder that beauty comes in so many forms. Touch.Smell.Taste.Sound.Sight.
Lilacs – beautiful to see but even more beautiful to smell.
I want you to think about the worst smell you have ever encountered. For me it is either the wall of odor that I walked into while entering the men’s restroom yesterday or the odor of the fruit known as Durian. Trust me, if you have ever smelled durian you would see why those two go together so well.
Maybe you have a lot of odors that just make you cringe. What would happen if you could collect all those odors at one time and throw them in a bag? How awful would that be?
Imagine a life form that lived in that plastic bag and all it knew was those different odors. Its whole experience was wrapped up in what it could encounter in that plastic bag. To it, some of the odors that we would detest would seem like sweet perfume compared to another. Take that life form out of its world and let it experience just one whiff of a lilac bush and try to imagine the thoughts it would have and the struggle it would go through to explain to the other lifeforms in the bag what it had experienced.
I think heaven is like that. One whiff would be more than our ability to describe.