What is it like to reach the heaven? As children, we would only be contented by looking up in the blue sky to see the clouds. From the ground, we could see the shapes these clouds take. We would also imagine what it would be like to walk on those fluffy things in the sky. Maybe someday that would be possible.
The highest mountain in the whole world is Mount Everest that stands 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. In the Philippines, the highest is Mount Apo with 2,954 metres (9,692 ft) above sea level. In Luzon, the highest is Mount Pulag which reaches up to 2,922 meters above sea. In all of these mountains, the greatest attraction is the sea of clouds. According to people who have reached these places, you could see the majestic formation of these clouds as if you were walking in them.
The Bible tells us that someday we, too, could walk in the clouds.
“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:17
When we get that wondrous opportunity to meet God in heaven, He will walk on the clouds with us. Isn’t it amazing? The only thing is that we need to prepare for this soon return. We must make sure that we cannot be left behind. In our spiritual journey, we must make sure that we should be on the road to heaven.
Biyahero, the stage play, is all about that journey. It tells about people who embarked on a journey to heaven. These people have their personal motives in joining the trip. Along the way, most of them realize that their motives were not right for heaven. One by one they fall into the trap of temptation. Each one was sent to their doom save for a handful of people.
The play mirrors the Christian journey. We don’t have similar routes. We don’t have similar motives. We didn’t make the same preparations. But we all take the trip. Some could have false faith, some could be happy-go-lucky, some would just take the trip for the heck of it, and some are even forced to take the trip because someone told them to be there. In the end, the one with the sole desire of loving God could make it.
As I see it, the play is not fictional at all. The story of the play happens even among the cast and characters. Speaking from the backstage, each of us have different backgrounds, motives and experiences in joining the presentation. Yet all of us tried to piece together a story, and as we rehearsed, joined workshops and played our parts, we find ourselves in a journey similar to those characters that we portray. Just like the characters in the play, we hoped to reach the end of the presentation. Along the way, we also lost not just people but time, opportunities, energies and respect. Yet like the characters who gained the motive to move on God’s path, we gained friends, companions, lessons, experiences and a feeling of moving one step closer to God. We tried our best to make it until the end. And we did, with the help of God Himself.
I just hope that when the time comes for God to reap the harvest, we would be among the wheat that would get the golden opportunity of walking in the clouds with our Savior.