WYSIWYG is an acronym for the aphorism, “what you see is what you get.” It’s often uttered as a vaccine against disappointment, ensuring that viral expectations and foolish fantasies are kept in check. Often, you hear it expressed another way as, “it is what it is.”
But isn’t that just really the prescription for malaise and hopelessness? “Get used to it, folks, it doesn’t get any better. What you see is what you get.”
But what if that’s exactly wrong? What if what we see isn’t at all what we get?
The Apostle Paul takes up the answer to that question in the middle third of Romans, 8. He insists that the redeemed children of God are heirs to a future beyond our sight. What we will get is not what we now see.
It’s not WYSIWYG.