“There are three types of people: Those who see, those who see when shown, and those who do not see.” -Leonardo da Vinci.
Since my discovery of the kingdom I’ve embarked on a quest of learning to see. Years ago the Holy Spirit interrupted my Southward drive on I-95 to say, “Son, if your world has become narrower as a Christian, then you haven’t received the Kingdom, but only empty religion.” BAM! I stood naked before the Almighty! And perhaps that’s why I’m such a Kingdom geek today. My eyes were opened to the fact that the whole world is full of Glory and that those things that reflect the Kingdom best also move my heart most deeply.
So if you’ll indulge me once more, I’ve been wanting to tell you an experience from a few years back. I was pedaling away on a stationery bike at the gym. The TV in front of me was airing a restaurant makeover show. It might help to know I seldom watch TV, and a restaurant makeover show is not something I’d normally choose to watch if I did. But it happened to be playing, and I happened to be pedaling in front of the tube.
As the last segment began, and the formerly third class restaurant reopened to the “oohs” and “ahs” of patrons delighted by the inviting decor, upgraded menu, and warm professional staff, I realized with amused embarrassment that I had tears forming in my eyes. (THAT, my friends, is pure geek!)
So I checked in with the Holy Spirit, the One who told me my world had become cramped. “What the heck is happening here, Lord?” “It’s the Kingdom, Son. Don’t you know that Your Father is the Great Makeover Artist, and what you’re seeing in this little restaurant is but a tiny glimpse of our plans for the whole world?”
Why do makeover shows rock TV ratings? Because our Father is the great Makeover Artist, and our hearts yearn to see His works. In the Kingdom, every restaurant, every home, every community, and every heart receives a badly needed makeover.
Addendum: Just after writing this I ran across several photos of urban decay in Detroit. What a gloomy example of the “anti-kingdom”, the “city of man” in desperate need of a makeover.