ARCHITECTURE HAS A NUMBER of definitions. It is said to be both an art as well as science and so on. I like to consider it as being really a form of thinking out loud; expressing the creativity bottled up in you and making bare your creative ideas in a tangible and appreciable form—the built form—via design. It is indeed, as often simply described, “IMAGINATION INTO REALITY”. In the artistic process of achieving the reality of the imagination is science greatly involved. So, art and science are so inseparable in Architecture which itself is a process and a means to an end. It enhances or adds immense value to the physically visible, tangible and materialistic life. This is why Architecture is a noble profession and Architects are great!
However, God is the first, greatest and wisest Architect. With all the wonders of Architecture all around the world that add amazing aesthetics to the physical world—both the natural Architectural world designed, built and maintained by God Himself and the artificial built environment designed by man and blending well with the natural—you can imagine (though so faintly) how great God is. Even man, with all his complex anatomy and physiology, is a product of God’s Awesome Architecture! Think about that. No wonder the song writer proclaimed thoughtfully “HOW GREAT THOU ART!”
Now, I just can’t help thinking about Heaven. Despite all the wonders and splendour existing here (I really agree with the composer who wrote the song “What a Wonderful World!”), it’s grandeur is unimaginably incomparable with anything eyes have seen in this world. It’s a place diligently planned and painstakingly designed by the greatest Planner and Architect of all. You just can’t comprehend the extent of its dimensions both linear, cubic, colour, shape or any other appearance definition. Grand, cute, splendid, glamorous are all understatements when you talk of its description. The best attempt to paint a realistic or vivid picture of heaven will fail to convey the least representation of it as there is just no comparison to it here. It will simply be an effort in futility. Apostle John the Beloved made such an attempt in Revelation 21 but that is just a faint description. Until we really behold it, we can’t fully understand the way heaven is clearly because it just has no comparison anywhere. Heaven is just extremely unimaginable. Period
Indeed, heaven is magnificently beyond comprehension to the mortal mind. Interestingly, so is hell on the negative note or axis. Of the two however, there is only one you MUST NOT miss. Make sure you don’t miss heaven but strive to make it—no matter what it takes. “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able…because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Luke 13:24; Mat. 7:14) There, no corruptness or corruption in any form exists. No wearing out or decay. It is a place “where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Mat. 6:20). It’s unlike this world (no matter how beautiful or wonderful it may be) “where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” (Mat. 6:19). “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (John 14:1-4).
Please, don’t miss entering heaven where you’ll see the greatest expression of Architecture and you’ll be privileged to meet the greatest Architect of all time. Please, even though “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” let God work in you as you accept His grace and repent of your sins and let Him help you until you get there by His grace and mercy. Through Jesus, you can make it. “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:5-7).
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.