I Can Only Imagine

by Martha Noebel, CBN

CBN.com — My favorite song, “I Can Only Imagine”, won the award for Song of the Year at the Dove Awards, 2002. Songwriter/Singer Bart Millard of the group, Mercy Me won the award. I was so excited. It is a wonderful song that always stirs my heart.

In the song, the thought is presented that we “can only imagine” what it will be like when we stand before God. Here are a few of the words:
I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When your face is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by your glory; what will my heart feel?
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?
I can only imagine. I can only imagine.

As I listened to the song on the radio, I envisioned myself in heaven. I was standing in the middle of a large crowd of people that were all facing Jesus, Who was standing in front of His throne. I started jumping up and down waving my hands because I wanted Jesus to see me. I knew there was no way He could see all of us. But there I was with my little 5’3” self, jumping up and down, waving my hands like a schoolgirl, trying to get God’s attention. (Well, I guess I know now what I would do if I ever get that close to God. There would not be that quiet, shy, “nothing to say” thing going on. I would be too excited.)

Then all of a sudden, I felt God speak to my heart. He spoke to me, and I felt His presence. I saw a bright light shine over me at the very spot where I was standing (ok, jumping). He said He was with me and He made me feel like I was the only one there. His presence was so sweet. I knew I was so important to Him. I felt His awesome love for me.

He knows how to make each of us feel special; as if we are the only ones around. Even in the crowd, I felt like He saw only me. And yet the people beside me felt the same way. God’s presence is so powerfully wonderful. It brings us into a oneness with God that cannot be explained and barely fathomed.

I can only imagine. What about you? Can you see yourself smiling in the face of God? Can you laugh with great joy knowing God loves you so much that others seem to disappear? Imagine it, because it’s real.


  • woodrow

    how can i have a copy of this song?

  • Hope Quimno

    Thank you for inspiring us every day as we read this article. GOD bless!

  • Rosemarie Mondejar

    I know God sees me, but I feel so alone in my family situation, so broken and hurt that I cannot say nothing more to God because He sees all my pains and hurts. I know God loves me so much, but I,m so tired…

    • Thanks for sharing this with us Rosemarie. Cast all your burdens to God, He asks for you to entrust it all to Him. Jesus invites you…

      “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

      Now Rosemarie, grab that invitation and let Him be the Shepherd of your soul. Let Him take care of you. Let go and let God. The solutions to your problems lie not with you nor anyone else, but in the Lord. Feel free to call us anytime at 810-7717/810-7176, we’re here to listen to you. God bless you Rosemarie!

  • I am greatly blessed by your article, as I am always blessed and touched whenever I hear this song I can only imagine! May you continue to bless more readers with your daily articles. I always look forward to it for my daily reading & spiritual nourishment! God bless!

    • Hi Linda, Glory to our faithful God. Thank you for reading this inspiring article and for your uplifting feedback. We pray that you may always encounter the peaceful and loving presence of the Lord every single day of your life. God Bless you!

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