1 Corinthians 2:9-10 states,
"no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him.
These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit."
This past Monday night was New Year's Eve. The kids were in bed before midnight, but my honey and I stayed up late... way too late... We had heard that there is a crew that braves the wind, snow, and bitter cold to get to the top of Pikes Peak. Their mission: to set off fireworks from the Summit of Pikes Peak at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. We have a great view of the Peak from our back door and thought it would be pretty special to witness that event. So, as our clock neared the fabled hour, we stood at the back door, wrapped in a blanket, watching, waiting, anticipating the display of splendor.
We could not see the adventurists that made that climb. We did not witness the stacks of artistic explosives. We had no assurance of their arrival at the summit. We had no guarantee that they would indeed fulfill their intent to entertain us. In fact, we didn't even see any fireworks. The cloud cover inhibited our view and as far as we know, they did indeed complete their quest... we think.
I was disappointed. And tired! So we went to bed.
God's a bit like that, but in a much better way. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says we cannot even IMAGINE what God has in store for us! That's exciting! I can't see Him working behind the curtain... or clouds... I don't see Him preparing the GREAT things that He has planned for me. Life provides a LOT of clouds. Busy-ness, schedules, family, work, drama, good, bad, money, lack of money, frustration, strife, health... clouds. Faith is trusting even though you can't see! Why? Because what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). God warned Noah about things not yet seen, and Noah acted on Faith, building a boat... in a desert! (Hebrews 11:7). We are assured that our Faith, believing in the unseen, will result in being filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy! (1 Peter 1:8).
So, although there often are clouds that blocking my view, I have Faith that God is working on the greatest display of all and that when He reveals his splendor, it will be more than I could ever ask or imagine. Abundant, inexpressible and glorious joy will fill my heart!
In the meantime, I am thankful for the breaks in the clouds when I can see just a glimpse of his Glory.