Color blind

I’m usually pretty good about scrolling through sappy videos on Facebook. Mainly because there isn’t enough time in the day to watch every video about gender reveal, sweet wedding dance, or stepchild asking to be adopted. So why I watched a particular video about a man who was given a pair of Enchroma glasses, I don’t know. But I did. (And I’m thankful because it gave me an idea for a blog post!)

For 66 years, this tough bodybuilder had been color blind. On his birthday, his family chipped in and gave him these glasses that allow people with color blindness to see vibrant and true-to-life colors as the majority of us see them. He stood there, obviously overwhelmed, shuffling his feet, switching between his old vision and his new, and clenching his hands as if he didn’t know what to do with all his emotion.

When I watched his reaction, I couldn’t help but wonder . . . Is this how I’ll react when I get to heaven? What will I do when I see Jesus face-to-face? I’m one who is prone to overexaggeration, so I often think I will run to almost tackle-hug my Savior with tears in my eyes because I’m so happy to be there. Still, part of me thinks I will just stand there, overwhelmed, in awe, as if I can’t believe my eyes—just like the man in the viral video.

For everyone who believes in Jesus, we live on this earth seeing, but not really seeing it all. We know we are saved by Jesus, but we still feel the effects of our sin, earth’s sadness, and Satan’s attacks. We quickly forget that these troubles are light and momentary. It’s easy to do when you are discouraged, anxious, tired, and lonely. 

That’s why every day we take a few moments to remember that we aren’t seeing everything clearly right now in our temporary home. Heaven is a real place where our real heavenly Father is preparing a real room for us. When the time is right, real angels will come to carry us to our real home. That’s the day when, in the twinkling of a color-blinded-by-sin eye, we will see our Savior—and we will finally, fully get it.

Until then, we spend our time sharing how Jesus has saved our lives and changed our vision . . . so that our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family can see clearly too. The time is now!

Linda Buxa is of the age where she tears up at YouTube videos.