Stepping into the woods,
the threshold between what some
termed reality and illusion,
requires the sacrifice
of what is accepted as sanity.
She glanced at her bare feet.
The ground was soft and lush
but covered with a light frost.
The heat from her foot
melts a growing pattern
from the center outward.
Glancing behind reveals
a mirror of blackness just
like that standing before her.
Looking above to find starlight
A small flash far to
her right catches the edge of her vision.
Another, closer…then two or three
illuminate over there. One after another
small flashes began giving the forest light.
Lightening bugs! There are thousands
of lightening bugs creating
a cathedral dome of dancing light.
The lens of her eyes reflect each
point of light creating an otherworldly
glow, if there was anyone
there to notice.
The fragrances played
with her senses filling her being with
the cycle of new life and death. Since this
was a summer forest, it was dense
and filled with life but that life came at a price.
New sprouts of life were beginning everywhere.
Buds on the trees, already so full she could not imagine
where another leaf could fit but it did. Each new life depended
upon the decay of those that came in the earlier seasons.
Some felt saddened with the
realization of death’s necessity
but she understood that this
juncture where life ends and
we perceive death begins is
the true illusion. It is the madness
humanity accepts. She knew the
decay and death of the old, weary, or sick
was only the beginning of eternity.
That is what brought her to the
forest on this summer night. The moss
and lichen filled the air with their woody scent.
She inhaled deeply relishing in every experience.
Never before, had her senses allowed her to take
everything in that was around her. This was marvelous
and she enjoyed it thoroughly.
Taking a few more steps forward, eyes mesmerized
by the dancing lights, the smells so thickened
the air that she was able to taste them!
Listening, intently, her ears picked up the sounds
of the night creatures running about collecting their meals
or meeting up with a friend to create new life. She
always appreciated nature and found beauty and awe
in the smallest of things that God offered to all
humanity. Few recognized these things and fewer
still saw them as gifts. That thought
made her momentarily sad because
she knew too many who walked with head
down focused only on their
wants and desires.
It is folly, to be certain.
For, she knew that
it was only when you dared to
look beyond yourself that you
would be able to find
the creator waiting for you.
The next step she took erased her
pain forever. The one after that
claimed every tear she had ever shed.
Her final step released her from her
Earthly bounds. She looked back
at her empty body and for the first time
felt pity for it. She had hated when in it but
now she understood it had to be broken
in order to work properly. It was only
through that brokenness that she
was able to show the love of Christ
to all who would look up long enough
to see her as she truly was and not how
the world defined her.
Suddenly, light radiated from all spaces both big and small
until everything was awash in brilliance void in shape and size.
His silhouette began forming in solidity as
he walked to her. Recognizing him as she would an old friend,
She dropped to her knee before her beloved savior.
Gently, he tipped her head to meet his eyes.
“Well done, my daughter. Welcome
home.” He said with words so full of
love that tears of joy streamed down her cheeks.
She had never known such joy or happiness until
now, when her purpose was both revealed and fulfilled
in a single phrase.
Taking her hand, he lifted her to her feet and then
stepped aside to reveal all who had began
eternity before her. Everyone she ever loved was
there. Her savior kissed her cheek gently then
“Go to them, they have waited a long time for you. Your
work is complete.”
Each step she took towards her loved ones
caused the memories of the forest and
the life she had beyond it
to fade from consciousness.
There are no tears in heaven, no pain
no sadness, nothing evil could exist.
She felt only joy and wonder as she
reunited with family and friends.
This was eternity and she finally knew happiness,
peace, true love, and safety.
There were no fears to be held even
knowing of the coming battles,
for she knew her Father and Savior
had everything under control.
While she did not know what purpose
she would fulfill in eternity, it did not concern
her because everything was right
and good in the eyes of the Lord here, everything.
Hence, if you leave your life behind for just a little while
take care you do not cross the threshold before your time
has come. Do not worry; you will know when the journey must
begin and you will be aided in that journey. You are never alone even
when it seems you are in a very dark place, the Lord will always provide a glimmer
of light to lead you home. Just look up, open your eyes, and think
beyond yourself and you will be shown the spark of life you
have been gifted.