Ever wonder if you are ready and how you will respond when you meet Jesus face to face? That’s a one-day reality I love to ponder.

Our daughter Jess lives over 700 miles away. We have a close relationship though we’re far apart. Keeping in touch regularly helps us stay connected between occasional visits.

I think about what she’s doing, and I enjoy picturing her at work, making dinner with her husband or playing with their new pup. She’s part of our daily reality though we don’t physically see her except a few days a year. Surely you have those special loved ones in your life too. They’re deep in your heart but they are far “as the crow flies”.

Our Jess was missing the family (of course -we’re a great bunch!) She thought it would be fun to come unannounced so she planned a surprise visit. She booked a flight and made arrangements with our daughter Anna. Jess flew to town unbeknownst to my husband and me.

Our girls orchestrated it so Jess could casually just ‘appear’ to Brad, my mom and myself separately, stunning and blessing each of us in the process.

All three of us had the same reaction and said the same thing, “Whaaa whaaa whaa what are you doing here?!”

Check it out (these are phone videos, so they very grainy)

Hi Daddy

Hi Mom

Hi Grandma

Maybe this is a more realistic picture of how I’ll react when I first fully see Jesus face to face.

Who knows? What about you?

We know He’s there –on the other side of the invisible veil of eternity, but we don’t know when we’ll see Him or how we’ll react.

I love Mercy Me’s “I Can Only Imagine.” It’s a great song to help recalibrate our thoughts to the reality that one day we will see Him. What will that day be like?

I can only imagine what I will see when your face is before me.

Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still?

 Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall?

Will I sing Hallelujah –will I be able to speak at all?

Let the truth of that one-day reality wash over you.

One day He will show up.