Gilbert had requested another session with God and it had once more been granted. He had gained a better understanding from the first one but there were still many things which baffled him such as ultimate location of all things. After all, everything in existence needed a location to exist. Since that was so, then where exactly was the location of everything? In fact, where was heaven itself located and God himself located before there was a heaven?
Most others around him seemed oblivious to such paradoxes and seemed content to just be in heaven enjoying the peace and serenity and the beautiful surroundings. They explored, invented, practiced newly-acquired skills and abilities, and worked alongside others to accomplish the many tasks which God delegated to his faithful creatures. But to Gilbert, it was the privilege of talking with God personally about such matters that attracted him most.
Once more the two angels appeared at his side and escorted him to the presence of the Almighty.This time God had assumed a human appearance, still as bright as before, but discernibly human. He seemed robed in a white garment and a gold crown on his head with gemstones. He was also sitting on what appeared to be an ivory throne.
“Lord, I am honored to be granted this privilege,” Gilbert said, placing his hand on his chest and kneeling on one knee. Also, thank you lord for appearing to me in a human form.”
There was a prolonged silence and then the Lord spoke.
“You have very profound questions for me today I see.”
“Well, yes Lord, I do. It has to do with location Lord.”
“Yes, my son, I am aware of that.”
Gilbert felt sheepish in having felt that he needed to explain to the Lord God what was on his human, finite mind. But if God knew already, why didn’t he just explain it to him?”
“Because the process of discovery is a pleasurable journey which would be spoiled by that my son,” God responded to Gilbert’s inner-thoughts, and it made sense. If mysteries were revealed rapidly without the need for conversation or discussion, it would have been like downloading information into those machines that humans now called computers. He definitely appreciated God not treating him like one of those mindless machines.
“Thank you Lord! You see, I have always wondered just where you were located before you created heaven.”
“Before I created heaven I was all there was my son.”
“But where were you located?”
“There was nowhere for me to be located since I was all that existed.”
“But existed where Lord?”
“My son, there was nowhere before I created a where apart from myself. That first where, I called heaven.” Gilbert’s mind reeled as he struggled to conceive the reality of that concept but his mind could not grasp it.
“But where is heaven located Lord?”
“Heaven is located nowhere. It is an extension of my being. Spaces that I created to surround me as you would extend a canopy or a tent around yourself in which to dwell”
Things were beginning to make more sense now.
“Yes I can understand it better now. But then where is our material universe with its galaxies? Where did the Big Bang happen?”
Gilbert was shown a scene where all was heavenly light. Then within that light which was heaven, a dark point emerged and expanded and was soon filled with pinpoints of light. These swirled and merged and created black holes around which stars gathered, becoming galaxies which gradually became galactic clusters, which then became super clusters with great voids in between.
“That is your universe!” the Lord said.
“So my universe is surrounded by heaven Lord?”
"Beyond that darkness that mankind deems endless, is heaven my Son. But to enter this spiritual realm without becoming a spirit would prove fatal. My servant Paul explained this in the book of Hebrews that I inspired him to write. Flesh and blood cannot inherit my kingdom. You remember those verses, don’t you Gilbert?”
“Yes Lord, I do. There is another question that I have Lord. Why did you make our universe so large when all mankind needs is the Earth?”
“Did the universe look large in comparison with heaven my Son?”
“No, it didn’t--”
“Size is relative my son. To an elephant you are small, but some of my dinosaurs would have deemed the elephant tiny. To an ant you are gargantuan, yet to an amoeba, the ant is humongous. To you the universe looks vast, but to me, it isn’t vast all, but just one among many.”
Gilbert was shown where many spherical universes were suspended like chandeliers in the brightness of heaven with angels entering to and emerging from different assignments involving the carrying out of God’s will. Teaching, guiding, protecting, communicating preparing planets for habitation in righteousness.
He was shown pristine garden planets where creatures made in God’s image had never sinned and had retained perfection of both mind and body. Where a sending of a Savior had been unnecessary. Where no opposer of God had tempted and where the need for permission of sin for centuries had never occurred and only peace and happiness had existed. Where life was assumed naturally to be an everlasting gift and the creature did not have to worry about death.
All these beings were humanoids, the material appearance in which God had chosen to display his image so as to call them his progeny. All were brothers by virtue of having the same creator, but all were kept apart according to his will.
Gilbert’s mind reeled from the display and he suddenly felt very insignificant. But the reassuring love of the Creator softly embraced him as a father embraces an insecure child who fears to be abandoned when he learns that there are others who also are sons, and Gilbert once more regained his composure.
Then the two angels reappeared and he knew that his session with God had once more come to an end.