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At a food show, the chef fed us morsels from each course of his famous ten course gourmet dining experience.
The wine steward poured us sample sips of his oldest vintage.
But the actual meals and drinks were beyond our means,
Our ability to fully appreciate,
Beyond our wherewithal…
We were left with our dreams and air-filled beans,
Not that beans aren’t good, mind you…
At the homemade ice cream store, the clerk gave us delicious samples of exotic frozen wonders, but there were too many and we had to decide upon one or two…
We watched the trailer – actually a teaser – of the new blockbuster movie. We could have watched it right then, but it was a month from release in theaters…
We looked at paint swatches, but they were too small to get the full visual picture of how the whole room would look with those colors…
We saw photographs of architectures and landscape designs for our new home, but each was more beautiful than the last and we couldn’t wrap our head around them, couldn’t decide…
We saw photographs of paintings, which, of course, couldn’t do justice to the real works of art…
We heard samples of music which we knew were not a fair representation of the complete recorded songs, which, themselves, failed to convey the complete experience of watching and hearing the artists play and sing the music before us “live”…
Perfume samples faded too soon…
The smell of lilacs.
We just want them to keep blooming all year
So that we can have the real thing
And not just a pleasant memory…
We saw the digital computerized results of the collisions of subatomic particles moving at nearly the speed of light. The pictures are digital because the particles are traveling so fast, their trails are very short, and their “lives” are less than flashes. The researchers are reasonably certain that they have found the elusive Higgs Boson — the “God particle” — that confers mass upon all matter. Those particles border upon the unreal in our local timespace, but their effects and their existence is, in a sense, eternal…
So it is to live here in the world of the created universe.
We see but a glimpse of the immense and the miniscule.
Of the quick and even the slow.
Of the true hues and created colors.
But we’re glad to have eyes.
We hear but a whisper of the eternal symphony.
But we’re glad to have ears.
We get only a momentary, fleeting taste of a magnificent feast.
But we’re glad to have the sense of taste.
We are thankful to have senses, but
We’re left with a longing for more,
No, not just more, but a longing for The Real Thing.
The big, full, complete, Real Thing.
All of it!
The thing is: that God gives us the capacity to experience Him through His created works surrounding us here in our temporary home, the incompletely restored universe. We have sensory organs, limited as they are, and we have minds which seek to understand, all the while knowing that the completed “big picture” will not be ours. The complete fullness of God’s Mind, His Power, Majesty, and Glory is beyond our ability to experience. Not here, not now, not yet.
What is it like to chase an electron?
What is it like to see all the countless wavelengths and hear all the countless frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum?
What is it like to hear the choir of all the stars in all the galaxies singing at once to the Risen Creator-King while all the angels’ voices soar in counterpoint?
What is it like to taste a ten-million-course banquet assembled by a host of angel chefs while the Persons of the Trinity dine at the table with us?
What is it like to see Your face,
We likely will not know these things while alive on this world, but we have faith that we will know when we all hear the worldwide trumpet note that accompanies His returning shout as He comes at last to finish the redemption of all creation and all His people.
Until then, we are blessed, privileged, and gifted
With all of His
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Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me. 1 Corinthians 13:12
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
But as it is written in the Scriptures, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him and wait for Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
[ There are things God hath prepared for those that love him, and wait for him, which sense cannot discover, no teaching can convey to our ears, nor can it yet enter our hearts. We must take them as they stand in the Scriptures, as God hath been pleased to reveal them to us. --Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary]