Forgive me for borrowing this line from the show “Friday Night Lights,” but I couldn’t think of a better way of expressing the sentiment. This past week, I saw a video on Facebook that truly struck a chord. It was Holy Thursday, so my heart and mind were set on Easter when I saw this video of a sixty-six year old man seeing color for the first time. Please take a moment to see how the sight of such beauty fills his heart and overwhelms him with tears of joy.
In watching this video, I could not help but think of how beautiful God’s creation is. You can see the lush landscape surrounding this man as he opens his presents. Vibrant colors pop off the balloons and gift bag, and a gentle stream babbles in the background. When he places the glasses over his eyes, it’s as if a veil has been lifted. He bends over, weeping in joy. The reaction is so visceral; it called a verse to mind –
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
In this verse, Paul discusses our inability to fully see God and His ways, but that our eyes will be opened when we meet Him in Heaven. I would liken our reactions to seeing God’s full glory to this man’s reaction to seeing the beauty of God’s creation in full for the first time. But, that probably is not a fair assessment because we still do not see clearly. Every day, we see the exact creation that moved this man to tears, but when was the last time its beauty really registered? When did we last stop to truly appreciate a sunset? Can the greenness of the grass take our breath away?
I don’t know about you, but the majority of my life, I take the beauty surrounding me for granted. But, when we “see face to face,” that will not be the case. We will be fully known, and we will fully know. We will have our faith fulfilled, and we will fully love as we are fully loved. (1 Corinthians 13:12) It is my opinion, that this man’s first look at color filled his heart with a joy that is a mere glimpse of what is perpetual for those in Heaven.
His moment and any moments similar to his that we’ve had on this earth are fleeting. But, there is an enormous spiritual blessing we gain from these moments. They are like our appetizers; awakening our senses, increasing our appetite, and sharpening our yearning for so much more. We should cling to the hope these moments promise, because they are exactly that – promises of a life beyond our imagination. One of eternal bliss in the love of our Father. May we all keep that focus foremost on our hearts and minds as we enter this Easter season.