Have you ever had the privilege of sailing on the ocean beyond the horizon? There is something very moving and fascinating about being so far removed from everything that you look in every direction and see nothing but ocean.
Since childhood, and the ensuing years, I recall being in the position of anticipating seeing “land ho!” You know approximately where you should spot that first glimpse of land and, thus, you fix your gaze in that direction, always anticipating that you will spot it the moment it becomes visible. My first moment was the same as those in the succeeding years.
We were approaching the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Our father pointed and said: “There you see Nevis; over here,” pointing in a little different direction, “you are looking at St. Kitts.” I remember saying, “All I see is clouds!” His response of, “You are not looking close enough” made me look more closely at the “cloud”. It was taking form and gradually I was aware that my “cloud” was actually the Island of St. Kitts.
Over the years we have approached the mainland, or island, and watched the “cloud” turn to reality. Again and again my mind has returned to the passage of Scripture located in 1 Corinthians 13:12: “Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” The old King James said: “a cloud darkly”. What we have is a faded picture of a reality to be actualized. We have a blurred picture that will eventually be in focus — a hope realized when we see Jesus face to face.
Only a person submitted to the person of Jesus Christ as the substitute for his sin has this perspective as to his future. He has the hope of a resurrection body that does not have the accompaniment of all these aches and pains, the limitations imposed by sin. Try as we might to describe Heaven, our limitations do not avail us of that privilege. It is a place of perfection that awaits us. The cloudiness with which we view it will be realized one day. At that moment, we will have been transformed into His likeness and no more restrictive clouds will be imposed upon us.
To help bring the picture into focus, read 1 Corinthians 15 on the subject of the resurrection. Share with us your discoveries!