Have you ever wondered if the future ahead is so wonderful that we could not imagine it even if we tried?
I had the opportunity to snorkel in the Florida Keys this month, and the sight was more than my eyes could drink in. Pictures don’t do it justice—the overwhelming blue dream of water that reaches across miles to the horizon. Colorful fish and coral wait below the unbroken surface. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to see it with my own eyes and to swim in its unending pool as if I always belonged there. But I wonder about the generations before us who lived far away from water like this, before the Internet and color photography, maybe even before they had access to paintings from distant explorers. Could those people ever imagine something so beautiful even existed? Did they have any concept of a coral reef and a turquoise sea like this? How could they?
And if the generations before us could not even imagine a place that, for us, is now just a plane ride away, what kinds of things have we not imagined that have far greater importance? What have we not yet imagined of the goodness of God, of His plan, and of his eternal kingdom? As we celebrate Easter, I think of how many followers of Jesus did not imagine that he would rise from the dead. But he did. And he tells us there is so much more in store. We worship a God who created blue oceans too beautiful for a picture to capture, who rose on the third day, and who has been preparing a place for us. And I am so grateful that the future in store is so much more amazing than even our wildest imagination could create.
“However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)