Face To Face

I held my phone a little closer, trying to see the screen through all of the cracks in the protective “glass” I had purchased for screen protection.  The glass itself was in shambles, and had been for months,  peeling off at the edges, and making my phone appear unkempt and filthy.

Cautiously, I peeled back the protective shield, and to my amazement, the whole thing came off quickly and easily.  I tossed the torn pieces in the trash, and wiped off the screen with a soft cloth. Wow.  My home page, which held nothing new, looked brand new.  The images were sharp and clear and bright.

It was as though my eyes were made new. 

I immediately thought of 1 Corinthians 13:13:

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.  

This verse is a game-changer.  So many hardships seep their way into our bones, and we are often left reeling and tired and broken.  But God is there, and He knows our sorrows, sins, and weaknesses.  We are fully known by Him right at this very moment.  And while we do have the Bible to guide us on this journey called life, we still see dimly.  Just as my phone looked dirty until the protector was peeled back, this life can, by all external appearances, seem dingy and bleak.

But one day, as believers in Christ, our worldly vision will be replaced with kingdom vision, and God will give us fresh eyes to see some of the details of what our Good Father was orchestrating during our days on earth.  Events on earth are not exactly what they seem. I mentally picture Jesus, hanging limply on a tree:  torn, bruised and dirty.  The most pivotal event in all of history was about to unfold, and yet, by human reasoning, Jesus was defeated.  

This fills me with hope, and helps me remember not to judge others superficially.  There is always more to the story!  Recently, our family endured a couple of years that nearly broke us.  We were mistreated by those who should have loved us most.  It was devastating and heart wrenching.  Precious few know the burden of it all, and some that do have sadly used the knowledge of events as a weapon.   I cried for months, asking God “Why?”  The answer was mainly silence.

John Piper once said, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.”

Remember this:  we are not God.  He not only sees the entire parade called life, but he orchestrates every single detail…beginning to end.   Even when it doesn’t “feel” like it.  Even when He seems so still and silent.

This is when our faith will carry us through.  These are the times when we remind each other that we are peering into a dim mirror.  One day we will know more fully, as God already fully knows everything.  But that day is not now. It was three whole days until Jesus walked out of the tomb, and we will have to wait until we are safely home in heaven to see with fresh eyes what God chooses to share with us.  It will be good.

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