The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you (Luke 17:21b)

"For behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” - Luke 17:21b

When I was a kid (and mind you I grew up in Colorado) I imagined the Kingdom of God was a huge kingdom of snow. I pictured castles everywhere and kids lined up throwing snow balls at everyone. No one was hurt of course, and the snow wasn't cold to the touch either. It was a perfect place.

Or maybe that was my view of heaven. I suppose I was probably pretty confused as a kid - and maybe even rightfully so. How strange it is that the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God extends up to the life we'll live eternally and down here to the temporal. How weird is it that God is establishing His Kingdom here and now and we're a part of it?

I don't mean weird as in just weird, I mean weird as in awesome. We are a part of a kingdom. A kingdom which as a child I rightfully understood to be magnificent and worthy of awe. Verses 20-21a say:

"Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, 'The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, "Look, here it is!" or "There!"'"

But rather it is already among us. In our midst.