We grasp the promise that one day we will be like Christ.
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Dear friends, we are already God’s children,
but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears.
But we do know that we will be like him,
for we will see him as he really is.
1 John 3:2 New Living Translation
As I have mentioned in other blogs, fog is rare in Colorado Springs. On those mornings when I look out my window and can’t see the neighbor’s house across the street, I find my camera and think of places to capture the mist. There is something mysterious about fog, especially in a place like the Garden of the Gods.
The morning I took this picture the fog was dense, at least in Colorado Springs terms. The fog was not only thick, it lasted longer than usual. I had more time than usual to set up my camera and tripod. This extra time gave me the ability to “see” the fog before pushing the shutter button.
What I saw looked different from other days that I’ve strolled through the Garden. Colorado Springs is known for its sunny days. Cathedral Spires, Sleeping Giant and North Gateway rock formations look different in the fog than on sunny days. Our imaginations envision what our eyes cannot see.
John reminds us that as we stand on the eve of heaven we cannot fully see what awaits us. John is not speaking about when we die, but the day that Christ returns. He is writing about our resurrected bodies. Seeing what those bodies look like today is like peering into the fog. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees our resurrection, but we cannot see it.
Yet we hold on to the promise that even though we cannot peer through the fog of time to our eternity in heaven, when Christ returns we will be like him: no more sorrow, no more pain, no more sin.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner