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Through the Glass Darkly

May 29, 2017

Bad stuff happens. We ask ourselves why? What was the point of going through that? We may scream and we may cry out and we may pray. We all usually end up asking God the same thing. Why? Sometimes the things we endure can be so rough that it changes who we thought we were. Yes, circumstances can change us, but God doesn't leave us there, alone and under water. He sees the whole picture. Remember that circumstances may change us from the outside in, but God changes us from the inside out.

Yet still, we may not understand and we can have questions about the reasons why. It's really all about the why's. The why's from our perspective, because we can only see the circumstances from there. From our own perspective. 

 

We can only see things through the glass darkly. What in the world does that mean? Through the glass darkly. You may have heard the term before. The King James Version of First Corinthians 13:12 uses these words. 'For now we see through a glass, darkly...'. For now. Because we don't (because we can't) see the whole picture. We see a version of things. The version that we see now is not clear. It doesn't show us the whole picture. Here is the same verse from the Voice. 'For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal...' 

 

Polished metal was the mirror of yesterday. You rubbed the metal surface until you could see a reflection, but it was still out of focus and wasn't the true reflection we see in today's mirrors. Water's surface was the mirror that was most commonly used. If the water was dark and cloudy you would not see your reflection clearly. You did not see the true picture. You couldn't see the picture clearly. 

 

We only see things in part. We see a part of the picture. The entire world, start to finish, is part of the entire picture. No matter how hard we try, we will only see things in part, and from our perspective.  But!  But!


'But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face. In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God. But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love.'

Gosh I just love those buts! But! One day we will see clearly. One day we will know and understand. One day we will know God, just like He knows us now. One day we will know. But! Until then we have our part. We should continue to walk in faith, hope and love. We should continue to proclaim faith, hope and love. We should continue to clearly display ourselves as a knowing and believing and loving people who have put our faith, hope in a loving God. We should love one another through every circumstance. Yes, we should love.

1 Corinthians 13:12-13 Voice
"For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal. I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture. But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face. In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God. But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love." 

 

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