In the Orthodox Church the view of Heaven is that it is not static but always dynamic. (J52) It is taught that all those who go there continue to grow towards a fuller perfection even after they have come to live in this blessed place, because God is still infinitely more than whatever they had partaken of Him in their own journey towards Him on earth. (F145) Thus the reality for all Eternity is that as God is creatively alive and infinitely full, so those who have come to live in His presence can and will continuously grow and grow in holiness and in greater life when they are living closer to Him. (S182)
We are much more than we are aware of in our day to day existence. We haven’t discovered even a small part of our full dimension as human beings, since we are not yet open to perceive things as they really are in truth. God is Truth, as He plainly said to His Disciples and Apostles. It is only by being with Him directly and continuously by our loving choice that we can become in time fully icons of Him, and live moment by moment filled with His Life and Love. This is very creative, dynamic, and lively in every sense of the words. This is a life worth living. It is what we were made to be. If we humbly ask Christ to come near, open our hearts and minds, leave selfishness, and choose Heavenly things, it is then that we have begun to remove the barrier that keeps us away from the fullness of His Light. (CJ742)
The icons are “windows into Heaven” so they reflect this Heavenly truth even when shown here on earth, and so are dynamic rather than static, balanced but not symmetrical. They imply motion, aliveness, vitality, vigor, and strength even though they are yet in form just two-dimensional art. Rest in motion, peace in growth, life in more life—ideas hard to express in our still fallen world, but with Christ all things are possible. Let us yearn towards His Light and see then with a greater sight!