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We saw glimpses of the Northern Lights at our house tonight. Ribbons of color wrapped the northern sky with green pulsing to red, and then vanishing as fast as they had appeared, leaving us in a state of awe.
At first, we thought we were seeing things. The Northern Lights? In Indiana? We googled it and confirmed that our eyes had not deceived us. Apparently, a huge explosion on the sun recently flung a wave of solar particles toward Earth, and that explosion made it possible for us to view the dazzling display for just a short while.
Just glimpses. Sometimes that’s all we see of God, of heaven, of HOPE, through His amazing creation. When we see these small snapshots of eternity, it makes us long for home; it stirs our hearts with hope for something more.
Scripture says even creation itself hopes for that day when God will set it free:
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. Romans 8:19-21
Did you catch that? Creation actually longs for the day when it will join us in "glorious freedom from death and decay"! All creation waits in hope. Just like we do.
While I wait, I want to enjoy what God has so graciously given. Sunsets, starry nights, brilliant autumn leaves, fluffy clouds dotting a dazzling blue sky… I want to appreciate these glimpses of hope and see them for what they really are. Previews of what’s to come, when God redeems His creation.
This is our true hope. Someday we will see with new eyes, and everything will make perfect sense.