>Picture This

>I suspect most of us at some point have speculated what the outcome of a situation would be. Perhaps in some cases our intuition has left us relatively close to the outcome expected. I look back at this group of fellas that were kind enough to allow me spend time with them during college. I see exactly what I expected to occur as I speculated during our first argument on the steps of Templin Hall at the University of Kansas many years ago: they would all be headed toward their respective forms of success in the years to come. Completion has its reward for the observer even if you had nothing to do with it.

There are some things that I have seen that I wish I had not. I know at least one other person that when we hear a particular song by 2pac we are pushed toward an uncontrollable urge to throw up all over the floor. A bitter reminder that some things are best left unseen. And no amount of preparation would yield the proper foundation for viewing such a sight.

When I wrap my mind and heart around some portions of scripture I am left in a sense of ambiguous excitement. Of all the things seen in this HDTV perfect picture age. How much more perfect and satisfying and rewarding it will be to walk into the presence of God and know that it is Him you are looking at. Excitement yes but ambiguous also because we have nothing to compare it too. And then we you consider this:

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because
we will see Him just as He is. [1 John 3:2]
Not only for the Christian is there the anticipation of seeing God but just as amazing is that this will be the first time that you will really see yourself.

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