We cling to what we have and cling to life, life as we know it. But, what if this life was the shadow? What if the real thing was some other place? What if we are presently living in a dream like world, a hazy, confusing not quite clear place in which the things we see and experience are out of focus and a bit out of touch with reality?
I recently listened to the story of a man who had a near death experience. His description matches others that I have heard. He said that what he experienced was more real than this life that we know.
C.S. Lewis in his fanciful book, the “Great Divorce”, described the approach to heaven (not even heaven itself) in similar fashion. Among other things, he described the grass as being so much more real than the recent travelers there from this life that it would not yield under their feet. The travelers to the approach to heaven were shadowlike, wispy and all but transparent; while the beings at approach to heaven were sharp and bold to the eye, of unmistakably solid make up.
What is this life was the dream world and awakening from the slumber of death would bring us to a world more real than we could ever have imagined?
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18