We are building a BEAUTIFUL PLAYGROUND! Progress is being made and quickly, finally. We have been saving for this playground for several years, and what a blessing to see the effort of years becoming incarnate. In the next few weeks we hope to make steady progress through to completion! We will keep you posted (do this with your children and you will probably get your wings clipped). I am not a child and as principal I have a few privileges, therefore I took a close look at the equipment, to the point of unpacking a couple items. Some of them look like great fun on which to play!
Two in particular really make me wish I was a kid again. The group swing is a hit with adolescents, as they can be with their friends as they play, according to Eric Crouch, the CEO of Crouch Recreation who is our equipment vendor.
The green edge on the swing with a little “give” to it should keep teeth intact for the most part. The holes in the center allow for drainage from the disc. The foundation under the anchor poles should allow for half our school to be on that swing and still be soundly grounded. I can hardly wait to see the kids using it.
The other which I can’t wait to see operational is the Ten Spin. You can sit in five places and stand in five places. A “Merry Go Round” on which you can stand – as a kid I would have loved that.
There are handles for the standing riders. The standing children will likely be the ones spinning the ride using the stationary wheel in the center. I can only imagine trying to spin the thing as fast as my little arms would allow. (I’m also glad this equipment is fully safety tested, as I revert to adulthood. The Merry Go Round we used as children certainly wasn’t safety tested. Did you ever get in the middle and use leverage and mechanical advantage to push the thing? If you fell down, you lost your head if you got up at the wrong time. We learned quickly.)
Heaven: the equipment reminds me of heaven in a very real and parallel way. We are here now, looking toward a future reality that will be “so much fun” in a way that will go beyond our wildest dreams. We get to anticipate snippets here and now as we gaze on the equipment, but the full reality has yet to unfold. Now, we try to imagine what heaven will be like, but the experience is beyond us. As a matter of fact, the reality is so far beyond us that what will evolve will have a dimension beyond anything we now see. (At present the equipment is flat on the ground, it will be 3-D very soon.)
The equipment is firmly anchored. The Kingdom of God is grounded so firmly nothing will ever shake it. In this constantly changing world we long for such permanence, and goodness. Let us long for that which is to come, and may every longing of this life, large and small, remind us that we are made for Him and for heaven.
Perfect happiness is an ordered desire of our hearts which will be absolutely fulfilled in heaven. That fulfillment will be one in which we will be in community. The group with which we rejoice will be a unified group. Together we will rejoice in the Lord. The playground will be very good; let’s make it a stepping stone to remind us of the reality for which we are made. Lord, every time I watch kids on that swing, help me see it as a sign of that which is to come. There we will celebrate beyond any festivity this life has ever known.
Let’s also not expect perfect happiness from the things of this life which are to draw us to the next, we are not intended to live in permanent disappointment, but rather to continually look toward that which will not disappoint. In heaven we will know perfect fulfillment.
God bless us all in the meantime.