See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are his children. 2Yes, dear friends, we are already God's children, and we can't even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. (1 John 3:1-2 NLT)
I was deeply moved as I watched a documentary about twin brothers. They had decided to undergo experimental surgery which they hoped would reverse the blindness caused by an inherited eye disease. Although they'd been able to see at birth and for several years thereafter, retinitis pigmentosa had gradually robbed them of sight. In fact, many years had passed since either had seen his own face.
As the brothers talked together prior to their surgeries, both said they wanted to see the faces of their loved ones most of all. One of the brothers also said, "I hope I can see grass again. I know it's out there. I can feel it and smell it, but I can't see it."
The other said, "I want to see the stars again."
As they talked about all the things they longed to see, the thought of being able to do so filled them with such emotion that they could scarcely speak.
During the agonizing days of waiting to find out if the surgeries had been successful, one of the men said he wanted to see the face of the surgeon.
The day he was able to do so, he began to cry. "I've never seen an angel before," he whispered.
Others who have been given another chance at life feel the same way. They, too, use the word "angel" to describe the one who came to their rescue. Whether they were pulled from raging waters or carried from a burning building or given a kidney or shown some other kind of mercy, they feel as if an angel sent from God did for them what no one else could or would do. Anyone who has received such life-changing help wants to see and thank the "angel" who came to his or her aid.
Christians feel that way about Jesus. That's why we love to sing such songs as Carrie E. Breck's "Face to Face" and Andrae' Crouch's "Soon and Very Soon."
When we see Him face to face, we'll be ever so glad to finally be able to tell Him how thankful we are that He saved us.
Until that time, we'll have to be content with talking (praying) to Him. But as we wait to see Him face to face, we can express our gratitude in another way. We can tell others about the wonderful Savior who came into our lives and changed the very course of our earthly existence and the eternal one that is to come.
Since the salvation Jesus provided for us is far more significant than the restoration of physical sight that the twin brothers received from their "angel," how can we keep silent about it? They didn't keep silent about their miracle, so why should we? In fact, how can we help but tell others about the One who gave us a new kind of life?