I watched the film Les Miserables with my wife a few weeks ago. The song that arrested me was "Suddenly", and specifically the line within it, "Something not yet here has begun."
Jean Valjean sings to the young Cosette...
Suddenly it starts
Can two anxious hearts beat as one?
Yesterday I was alone
Today you walk beside me
Something still unclear
Something not yet here has begun.
Suddenly the world
Seems a different place
Somehow full of grace and delight.
How was I to know that so much hope was held inside me?
What has passed is gone
Now we journey on through the night
How was I to know at last that happiness can come so fast?
Trusting me the way you do
I'm so afraid of failing you
Just a child who cannot know that danger follows where I go
There are shadows everywhere
And memories I cannot share
You have warmed my heart like the sun.
You have brought the gift of life
And love so long denied me.
Suddenly I see
What I could not see
"Something not yet here has begun." This is true of love, true of conversion, and true of the new creation -- something now and not yet.