“When she was just a girl
She expected the world
But it flew away from her reach so
She ran away in her sleep.”
The distance between our expectations and reality can be a source of frustration or depression in our lives. People do one of two things when the distance gets too far. They lower their expectations or they fly away in their sleep and dream of paradise.
What is your personal paradise? Have you ever wondered why our expectations desire paradise so much? I would always encourage one to err on the side of dreaming big rather than lowering one’s expectations.
Because what happens during our journey here is that “life goes on, it gets so heavy” and we either figure out how to get rid of the weight, figure out how to carry it, or just fly away and dream of paradise. Sometime we are not even willing to acknowledge the problem until “every tear becomes a waterfall.”
I do not know what Coldplay means when they say, “This Could Be Paradise.” I believe they leave it open ended because each person has their own personal paradise. It could be a place, a material possession, or a relationship.
Even though most spiritual people think of paradise as a place, my conclusion is that paradise is a Person and His name is Jesus. He is the One that takes the weight of our sin and the heaviness of life’s storms and He carries them Himself. The paradise the first Adam lost, a relationship with God, has the possibility of being restored though the last Adam, Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
The question still remains, What is your personal paradise? “I know the (Son) must set to rise for you.”
He could be your Para-para-paradise, Para-para-paradise, Para-para-paradise.