Perfect Clarity

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
—1 Corinthians 13:12
The reflection I saw near the lake was like a painting.
Subtle colors, mirroring themselves in the still, quiet water.
Ripples bending the shapes into patterns of light and shadows.
The reflection wasn’t far from the true image of the plants growing close to the water’s edge.
We are not far from seeing our lives in perfect clarity, either.
When we enter Heaven, we will know everything completely, just as God now knows us completely.
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Prepare a Place

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.

—John 14:3

 

The water at the end of my driveway reflected the sunset and its colors like a giant glass mirror.

So perfectly was the image of the pastel hues blending with clouds in the sky, you could almost imagine just stepping into the scene and finding yourself in another world.

That sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it?

Another realm of life, just a footstep away.

Although it is a fascinating subject for novels and movies, most people wouldn’t quite take it seriously.

Yet, as followers of Jesus Christ, we do take that thought seriously.

Another realm of life, just a footstep–just a breath–just a heartbeat–away.

Jesus said that if He would go and prepare a place for us, then He would come back and take us to be where He was.

The spiritual realm is right with us, but we don’t see it with our earthly eyes.

Our faith is not in what we can touch, but what we are sure about in our hearts.

Heaven is real.

It’s not science fiction.

It’s our future home.

 

 

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A Reflection

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It had rained so much this morning and in recent days that the end of my driveway was filled with water.

While walking my dog, I noticed that the sun was coming out, finally.

As we walked toward the driveway, I noticed the sun was reflecting in the water as an intensely bright light.

Noticing how the trees nearby had taken on a surreal look as an occasional leaf or bubble floated on the surface, I decided to photograph the watery canvas.

Paul relates in his letter to the people of Corinth in the New Testament that our understanding is limited on this side of eternity:

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

—1 Corinthians 13:12

When we see a reflection, I think it is only natural for our eyes to then move to that which has been reflected.

We want to see the “real thing.”

There will be a day for those who believe in Jesus, when we will know fully and be fully known.

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Indistinctly, As in a Mirror

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There are so many things that I don’t understand.

Not things like chemistry or quantum physics; even though I don’t have much knowledge of either of those, given the time and opportunity, I could gain an understanding.

I’m talking about things which cannot be answered by human reasoning.

Things like understanding why a friend’s baby died suddenly in her crib.

Why some people make poor decisions and ruin their lives—and others don’t.

Even things like what Heaven will be like or how is it that people fall in love?

For now, those questions will have to wait to be perfectly understood.

Someday, though, I will know fully.

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For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

—1 Corinthians 13:12

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