Why are books like Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia so popular? Because they tell of another world. Why do we discover other countries, explore different places, or travel to outer space? Our innate humanity wants to believe that other worlds exist. And we want to find them.
When I was young, probably 7 or 8 years old, I had an imaginary friend. Her name was Jane. I talked to her a lot. She was my best friend. Sometimes, she would go on vacation to Imaginary Friend World. She would come back and tell me about it.
One time I visisted Imaginary Friend World. I was dreaming when it happened. I couldn’t get all the way inside, but I could at least see it. It was beautiful. And I had lots of friends there, waiting for me.
Even when I was a child, I wanted to believe other worlds existed.
Heaven is another world.
My grandmother died a few weeks ago. While she was sick, the family would take turns sitting with her, talking to her, reading to her, and singing to her. I talked to her about heaven. I wished I could describe it to her, but I couldn’t. I’ve never been there. I was excited that she got to go, and I wanted to go with her.
In C.S. Lewis’ book, The Last Battle, he talks about heaven and what people felt like when they got there.
The Unicorn summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed and then cried:
“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it til now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this.”
So I can imagine the prospect of dying to be a thrilling one. Of course you’d probably be nervous because you don’t know what to expect. But that comes with doing anything new and exciting. You’re always a little bit nervous.
But your excitement far outweighs the nervousness.
Someday, maybe soon, maybe in 60 years, I’ll go to that place, that other world that is way better than this world. I won’t care that I never got to see the Australian Outback or go on a Safari in Africa. (That is, if I don’t ever get to do those things. I’m still holding out hope.)
And, I think it’s going to be pretty awesome.