I have never been a part of a flash mob. A few years ago, my favorite zumba instructor organized one. We practiced the moves in class. I knew the song. But when it came right down to it, I was too embarrassed to dance in front of our town. So I never showed.
I have no regrets. It’s one thing to shake in front of a class-full of fellow-self-conscious ladies. It’s a completely different story to unveil my moves to the community. (It actually sounds like the makings of a bad dream.)
This, on the other hand, is an incredible video that has evoked such a beautiful image.
The rest of this post may not make sense unless you watch it. I have not been able to do so without tears (so, grab some tissues if you too have fragile tear ducts 🙂
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!
…Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us,
Binding all within its span.
I just can’t help but picture a scene at the end of life as we know it. It can be difficult to believe in what we cannot see. It’s hard to wrap our minds around what is to come. We can seem so in-control of it all. Then the unthinkable happens. Sudden death of a loved one. Murders of the innocent. Exploitations of the helpless. Nature groans and quakes and explodes and falls and drifts. We are mortal.
All of this life will come to an end.
And the story would be a tragedy if that was all He wrote.
But. This is not all there is!
We have an invitation to be a part of something out of this world.
A Flash Mob more glorious than we can conceive.
The Bible teaches us that one day, people from every nation and tribe and language will assemble before the throne of our Creator. And they fell down face down before the throne and worshiped God. They said, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and forever. Amen!” (Revelation 7.11-12)
We don’t have to be surprised when the music starts and the chorus sings. We are invited to join along! I just have to imagine that we will watch all these nations gather from across the world, spanning all of time, and we will say like that man in the crowd: Wow.
But truth is, it’s not going to be like a lowercase flash mob. Where if you miss it, you still have a nice memory or captured a good video. The spectators will not receive a consolation prize. The smoke of their torment rises forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night. (Revelation 15.11)
Friends, listen. I may be embarrassed to zumba in front of strangers. But I have no fear to share what I am convinced is true. Because the reality of hell is entirely too sobering. And the grace of our God has changed my life. Jesus came to show the way: I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8.12).
If you haven’t heard, let me invite you to join the greatest Flash Mob of all time.
I promise, you won’t regret it.
He truly is the Giver of immortal gladness.