It was a night of communicating with a number of people going through some serious trials. There was frustration over pain that just won’t go away, fear about what might be coming next, heartbreak over hurting loved ones and tough decisions that have to be made.
After hearing the stories and praying, I took my eyes off of the computer and phone and watched “The Voice” on TV. For the last song of the evening a young lady sang, “I Can Only Imagine.” It felt like God was providing just the right song I needed at that time. “I can only imagine what my eyes will see, when Your face is before me. … I can only imagine when that day comes, when I find myself standing in the Son. … Surrounded by Your glory what will my heart feel? Will I dance for Your glory or in awe of You be still? … Will I sing hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine.”
In this world so full of pain it is great that we can look forward to a day beyond our imagination when pain and hurt and heartbreak will be no more. A day is coming when parents will no longer have to agonize over their children. Family members will no longer shed tears of sorrow over lost loved ones. “God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:3-4).
When I got the news that my second mom, Ruth, had passed away, that song “I Can Only Imagine” was playing in the background. It was comforting to imagine what Ruth was experiencing at that moment. Her trials and struggles were over. But the joy she had just begun to experience will never be over.
We see a lot of pain and hurt in this life. But the Bible promises: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what its seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (II Corinthians 5:17-18).
We pray for eyes of faith to see what is unseen. We pray for the gift of a strength-encouraging, hope-sustaining imagination.