Face to Face

As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
(Psalm 17:15)

I don’t get many opportunities to visit the ocean. It’s where I have checked in with God even before I knew God. It’s where I’ve reflect back on where I’ve been and dreamed about where I want to go.

So I’m sitting on the balcony of our hotel room, looking over the mighty Pacific Ocean, just thinking about that moment, a happier moment than I ever have or will experience. And I’m overwhelmed with every emotion in me. To stand in Jesus’ presence for the first time and look into each other’s eyes. What will we say to each other?

Perhaps he will smile and say, “You look just like me. Everything you went through, because your eyes were on me—even when you couldn’t see me—was intended to wash away the damaged person you were and to remake you into our Father’s image.

“And now it’s finished. Welcome home, dear brother.”

And I…

I will recognize him instantly, even if he’s in the midst of a large crowd, because I’ve spent so much time getting to know him in my heart. Perhaps I’ll simply say, “Thank you,” and he’ll know exactly what I mean.