Along the Way: Soulship Enterprise

“I have been attentive to the soul and to things related to it for a long time, with memories that go all the way back into my childhood. To use Star Trek language, I have viewed my soul as the Starship Enterprise.

I have been amazed by it. Going into it, like Teresa of Avila did in her interior castle, Soulship Enterprise has fascinated me. All its rooms, furnishings, and provisions. And the bridge with its consoles, instruments, machines, lights, sounds, and views—wonderful! I have spent untold hours in Soulship Enterprise, much to my benefit.

I have invited others to join me, doing my best to tell them what they will experience if they do. And…I have carried food, clothing, and other things out to people from its galley, closets, and store rooms. They seem to be helped and grateful when I share the treasures of Soulship Enterprise with them. All things considered life in Soulship Enterprise has been wonderful, and made all the more so with Jeannie, children, family, and friends on board.

But one day, I realized that Soulship Enterprise was on the tarmac, parked in a space inside the lines. With all its fabulous features, it had not fulfilled its purpose to enable me to “boldly go where no one (at least not I) had ever gone before.” I had equated my space with Space. I had settled for visions and visits, forgetting that Soulship Enterprise is a voyager.

So, a while back, I started the engine, but rather than enjoying the sound of its power, I shifted out of neutral. Soulship Enterprise rose up, and headed out. The navigation system kicked in, but where I was going was largely unknown, except for some maps that previous travelers had provided.

Before long, I was experiencing a magnificence beyond anything I had known on the ground inside the lines. The Universal Christ captains Soulship Enterprise, taking me all over the place, and like an excited child he tells me over and over, “Look at this. I made it!  Look at that. It’s mine!”  And reminiscent of Dr. Seuss (“O, the places you will go!”) I respond to the Cosmic Christ gratefully saying, “You are Lord of everyone and everything—from the smallest particle to the farthest star” (Colossians 3:11).

Venturing farther into Space, Christ puts his finger on a button that has the word ‘Death’ on it.  With a twinkle in his eye, the Cosmic Christ tells me, “Watch this, “ and he pushes it. But rather than ending our journey we go into warp speed, traveling faster and farther than ever before. Light-speed into infinity. And that is dying.

Soulship Enterprise. All this in one vessel called the imago dei. Zoom! Zoom!

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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