We do not live a life right with God today in the faint hope to have eternal life later. No. We get to love and be loved by our creator today in order to be made whole and restored to His designed goodness now for the sake of ourselves and others. Ah-mazing.
One of my family's favorite stories to tell of my grandfather was how he would load them in the car, head to the mountains to look at leaves. He would take video of the leaves. The only problem was that this was the 1950's, and he had a Super 8 that only captured black and white. We have hours of black and white leaves. Ridiculous.
He was not alone. My Facebook news feed tells me that this many believe Fall to be their favorite time of the year, and the beauty of leaves changing colors has a lot to do with it. We are at a particularly special moment in the fall, and I found myself marveling at the beauty while having an ah-ha moment.
And so, for those of you that are visual learners, our God has not forgotten you. Behold: Already, Not Yet.
Soundtrack: All Creatures of Our God and King, (as performed by David Crowder) St. Francis of Assisi/William Draper.