The other day I waited 90 minutes at the licensing bureau and found myself pondering the nature of hell.
Most of the folks sharing the plastic chair endurance test were staring at the walls, lost in a seemingly grim daydream. Some looked like they were somewhat torn, weighing the appeal of bolting for the door against the pain of returning another day.
I found myself feeling the greatest pity for the poor souls trapped behind the desks. They were able to lock the doors at 6 PM but needed to stay until all were eventually served. Some served were obviously rather irritable.
Jean Paul Sartre once wrote that, “hell is other people.” He’s right, I suppose, as it can be hellish to endure time with some people. Made me wonder if hell has harsh fluorescent lights, cheap linoleum and un-ergonomic plastic chairs that cause you to constantly slide lower in your seat. And might it be populated with irritable people who don’t speak, or do so rudely to each other?
So then what would heaven be like?
Here’s the irony: it could have fluorescent lights, cheap linoleum, and uncomfortable plastic chair IF the right people were present. Think of the people you have loved and entrusted to God; wouldn’t it be heavenly to spend time with them even if it was at the Department of Motor Vehicles?
So what’s the difference between heaven and hell? The presence of God. For God is love.
BTW - you can now renew plates on-line.
Remember: Tuesday evening, September 27th, at 7 PM I’m doing a seminar entitled, “Am I Saved?” No cost and no registration necessary. Come and join me!