I caught a glimpse of what heaven will be like at Pump It Up this week.
Yeah, I know what you are probably thinking: Allison, your version of heaven and my version do not match. Letting loose eleven Chinese speaking orphans all under the age of 12 in a room full of inflatables is not exactly what I think about when I envision heaven.
But even in the contained chaos of sliding down blown up slides, high energy and loud voices, and making sure every child was accounted for at all times, there was something holy happening in that room.
Jesus was talking to his disciples one day and they were asking him questions about who is ranked the highest in the kingdom. Typical disciple question to ask but his response is so very Jesus: opposite from the way of the world and not at all what they expected to hear. He says in Matthew 18, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child. And whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me.”
This is how the four walls of Pump It Up transformed into the Kingdom of heaven: every single adult inside of that warehouse had become like a child again. It looked like sitting on the floor while rolling a bouncy ball with Victoria, letting their hair get styled by Jimmy, jumping off the climbing wall with Harrison.
See, when it comes to kids and playing, age is not something they feel the need to mull over. Ethnicity does not hold them back or cause them to reconsider if they want to play with one another. Speaking the same language is most definitely not a requirement either. What is welcomed is the childlike spirit that Jesus describes: humble and simple, letting go without fear, carefree and fully free to play knowing they are safe and protected.
I think that this is how God intended us to live every given day on this earth. Fully trusting and free of tomorrow’s worries. Full of joy. And maybe a day or two spent with Chinese orphans in a bouncy house… heaven on earth!
Written by: Allison Little, Front Office Coordinator